How wonderful it would be if all Christians were as eager to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The message would soon get around! A long time ago I heard someone term this as “Gossiping the Gospel”. The phrase is a good description and has stuck in my mind ever since.
This well known Old Testament scripture is thought-provoking; why are we as Christians reluctant to share the good news of the Gospel? As believers who love Christ we should be spreading the word!
Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves” 2nd Kings 7: 1
As Christians, we should be extremely grateful for the cross of Calvary; for we know it was there that Jesus paid the ultimate price for us. His redemptive act of taking our sin upon Himself saves us from a lost eternity when we decide to make Him Lord of our lives. This truly is a miracle.
When a person truly accepts Jesus they begin to desire to read the Bible regularly, to pray - and their lives change. Things which seemed unthinkable previously become possible – such as forgiving people who have hurt them in the past amongst many other things. The changes inside soon show outwardly, the evidence of the fruits of the spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are displayed in the new believer’s life become obvious to others.
Recently my wife and I had the great pleasure of leading a lovely married lady to Christ, followed by her husband a few weeks later. She was wonderfully saved and I will never forget her smile after we prayed together, she beamed radiantly.
She is employed in a local hospital and was so joyful at work the day after receiving Christ that one of her colleagues asked her “Why are you so happy today, you look as though you are in love, are you having an affair?!” Her answer surprised them as she replied, “Yes, I have fallen in love with someone”. “Well who is it?” Her colleague asked, intrigued to know more. She responded simply - “His name is Jesus”.
The lady had received no training on how to effectively communicate the Gospel in a real and relevant way. She just told the truth. The fantastic news is that she still can’t keep it to herself! We truly love it when she tells us her stories of “gossiping the gospel” to people she knows. The point is, that it really should be no different for us. Just like the lepers in 2nd Kings, we should not withhold the good news.
As Christians we should keep the faith, but we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves!
We all need to be active, ready and sharp witnesses, ready to take the initiative to witness for Christ under the power of the Holy Spirit.
People with an outgoing personality may feel quite comfortable talking to people about Jesus. Others of a more reserved disposition however, could be more likely to come over in a cold sweat at even the thought of it, nervously worrying whether their listener will think they are a Jesus freak or a Bible basher.
Key Point: When we step out in faith to witness, the Holy Spirit will always go with us
Be encouraged – we have a helper in the Holy Spirit who will help us to witness. When we step out in faith for Him, He always steps out with us. Scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please God. He is always there for us and He will bring scriptures back to our memory. He is brilliant!
“But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14: 26
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11: 6
In order to witness, we must be willing to take that step of faith. Make a point of praying, asking the Lord to empower and strengthen you. Sincerely request that He gives you words in season that will speak into your listener’s heart. (It is an amazing experience at moments like that). Believe that as you trust Him, He will do it. Amazingly He has chosen to entrust the Gospel of salvation to the likes of you and me. From experience I can say that when we do what we fear, the fear will start to disappear. It will become easier each time we take the step.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that witnessing is just for evangelists. Everyone who loves Jesus has a responsibility to witness. If we truly love Jesus, part of the outworking of that is demonstrated by obeying His commands. In the Bible, Jesus was speaking to the disciples but also to every believer when He said, “Go” and “Compel them to come in.”
If witnessing is a weak area for you, then pray, knowing that He will answer if you ask Him to help you. God is pleased when you believe and trust Him as you step out in faith to serve Him.