It’s great to be back with you again. I praise God for this blog because it has helped me draw closer to Him and has me super excited about sharing His gospel with my neighbors. If you are joining us for the first time or been here before, I want to welcome you, neighbors. If you are enjoying, learning, renewing, or curious about the topics I have been discussing – with special emphasis on an abiding relationship to Jesus – then please share my blog site with others. And, please leave comments, I would love to hear what you have to say. You probably have insights the rest of us haven’t thought of before.
Let’s start with prayer. Jesus tells us that when two or three are gathered in His name He is with us (Matthew 18:20) and we definitely what to invite Him. Through the power of His Spirit, we are lead into all truth. (John 16:13) Father, we come before Your throne, to ask that you be with us as we look at the topic of being a witness for your. Please teach us what this means and how we are to witness to our neighbors. We continue to ask for Your comfort and peace as we still have civil unrest and COVID 19. Thank You for hearing our prayer and Your continual watch care over us, in Jesus glorious name, Amen.
My sister and I share an apartment and are both disabled. We are both retired and have limited mobility so we aren’t able to go as much as we used to. The idea of fulfilling our gospel commission to spread the gospel to the four corners of the earth, for us, was a daunting prospect. (Matthew 24:14) In this text, Jesus tells His disciples that the gospel would go out to the whole world by His witnesses and then the end would come with Jesus in the clouds of glory. So… we had some praying to do. We needed a miracle healing or we needed God to provide us with a mission that would not take us out of our home. Through prayer and worship, God gave us our answer. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are reading, studying and practicing what it means to be prayer warriors and I have created this blog. We also witness to family and people we come into contact with in stores, etc. Kindness goes a long way and opens many doors for Jesus to make a difference in a persons life.
Some of you may have full time jobs, small children, a plethora of legitimate reasons you can’t travel all over to fulfill God’s commission. Pray, as we did, and God will show you the way. I’m sure, if we brainstormed, we could come up with many avenues of witness. What amazes me is that God will come up with the perfect method of witnessing that fits into your lifestyle, talents, and interests. The key is not to limit God – if He is gently pushing you in a direction you don’t think you are capable of going, trust Him because He promises He will open the way, (Ephesians 3:20) and never gives you anything He isn’t able accomplish through you. He is there every step of the way. He just asks that you believe in Him and be a willing vessel in which He can work.
You might be asking yourself – why is this so important? All of us have asked similar questions and there are a few reasons. Let me list them:
- In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus specifically tells us it is our duty.
- We witness so that the whole world, all people have a chance to follow Jesus
- As we grow more like Jesus, witnessing just naturally happens.
- Witnessing is critical key to our salvation.
- Our love and compassion for our neighbor will compel us to witness.
- Witnessing greatly enriches our walk with Jesus.
Let’s take a deeper look at each one the these points and see what scripture has to say. When looking at Matthew 24:14, we discover that Jesus told His disciples “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world, as a testimony to all nations, and then the end shall come.” First, I want to clarify that Jesus is the gospel testimony spoken of in this scripture. So He told his disciples what would happen, but who was supposed to do this work. Let’s look at Matthew 28:19-20. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” In these texts Jesus is telling all of his follower, his disciples that this is their job. It also clarifies that this command is to be carried out until the end. So that includes those of us that are following Jesus today.
Second, witnessing to the whole world is a very important aspect of the gospel commission. As I have share before, Jesus died the death we deserve so that we could have eternal life. John 3;16-17 tells us that God loved all of us so much that He gave His Son to die in our stead so that all should not parish. Wait a minute! Yep, I am saying that Jesus died for each and every person that has been born since the morning of the 6th day of creation. This was the ultimate, all inclusive gift from God. Through Jesus sacrifice, we are all predestined to be saved. However, God gave us the power of choice, which means we can accept Jesus sacrifice or we can reject it. I pray we accept it and that’s why I want to have a part in spreading the gospel to the whole world.
Thirdly, as we grow closer and surrender to the will of God more completely, we become more like Jesus. (Ephesians 4:22-24) 1 John 3:2 tells us that at Jesus 2nd Coming, we will be like Him. We will have the fruits of the Spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22-23. Day by day, as we study the scriptures and learn at the feet of Jesus, as we are guided by the Holy Spirit, we will let go of self and surrender to Jesus so that He may do His good work in us. We will want to serve God with gladness. (Psalms 100:2) We will be joyfully compel to share with others, the good news of Jesus’ power to save.
This is not my favorite topic to share, but I feel it must be said. If we are made into the likeness of Jesus as we grow closer to Him, then we need to being willing to share the whole truth for the sake of salvation. Matthew 24:45-51 is just such scripture. This is one of many parables that Jesus shared during His 3 1/2 year ministry. In the parable, Jesus talks about a master (Himself) that is going away for a while and leaves a servant (us) in charge of the day to day feeding of His servants (lost sheep.) (verse 46) He councils His servant to be doing his job when the Master returns and goes away for an indefinite amount of time. (verse 47-48) Instead, the servant, being wicked, begins beating the others and runs around with drunkards. (verses 49-50) His servant does not know the exact date He will return. When the Master returns and see what his servant has been doing, He condemns him to eternal death. (verse 51) You see, unlike many believe, there are only 2 choices – we are either for God or we are against Him. “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15)
When upon the Earth, Jesus spent all of His time praying, preaching, healing, and teaching – in other words, He was about His Father’s business. He was compelled to reach as many people as He could. When asked what the commandments were, Jesus summed the 10 Commandments into just 2 – “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ( Matthew 22:34-40) You see, when looking at the first 4 commandments given to Moses, they tell about our relationship with God the Creator. The last 6 commandments tell us how to love and care for our neighbors. As our abiding relationship with Jesus grows, our desire to care for our neighbors will align with His desire – and that is to save His lost sheep.
One of the greatest things, about being a teacher, is the natural high one gets when leading another to something awesome, a great discovery, a once in a lifetime realization. Master teachers teach for these moments of epiphany – when the light goes on and the eyes light up with understanding. I get goosebumps just thinking about past experiences. When witnessing, to others, it’s so fulfilling as their countenance brightens when the love of Jesus blossoms in their heart. At moments like these, we find ourselves rushing back to “the Source” to discover more to share. We want our relationship with Jesus to grow so that we have more to share. It is a cyclic experience – the more we grow in Jesus the more we want to share with others, the more we share with others the more we want to grow in Jesus. A win win situation, Amen!
Witnessing means we put ourselves in Jesus keeping, He leads us by His Spirit to those that are hungering for a better way, and He gives us the words to say that have meaning in the life of that person. Jesus doesn’t need us to witness, He calls us to be involved so that we can experience life to its fullest. Jesus does it all! We just surrender our body (the vessel) to be used by Him. What an honor He has bestowed on us. What great love He has given us. Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Let’s invite Him in daily and experience the change of a lifetime. (Revelation 3:20):-
Until next time, may Jesus call you according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28-30)