Witnessing can be done in different areas. To witness is very hard work! To do it right you must be humble, have knowledge in the scripture, do it boldly and to the glory and honor of God.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:32, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” In this verse Jesus makes intercession for his witnesses. When we are around our church or home it is much easier to speak truthfully with our fellow Christian. When we are at work it is much more difficult to witness our religion. We may be ashamed or scared to defend the Bible or other issues dealing with the Bible. By not witnessing it means we are ashamed of Christ himself, or do not care enough about the Name of God to defend his name from swearing or of false gospel.
Many of us young people have jobs with unbelievers or “weak Christians.” If you become friends with them and go away with them on weekends, this can be very dangerous, because they like the worldly parties or may go to movies which we cannot take part in. So we must stay away from these dangers and show them from scripture why drinking and movies are wrong, and not make friends with the world.
It is very true that we do not witness enough, but when we do witness we have to be careful how we do it. Our witness is the confession of our faith given to us by the Holy Spirit. The working of the Holy Spirit comes from praying and reading the Bible diligently and hearing the true Word of God by the preaching. This will help us greatly when we witness.
In Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” We must be up front with our co-worker and not laugh at his or her worldly jokes or when they take God’s name in vain. Instead we must rebuke him or her by showing how the Bible tells them that these actions are wrong. Show the co-worker that you are not better than him or her but tell them that you too are a sinner in need of the grace of God, and that you daily have to pray for forgiveness.
In summary, I would like to give you a few tips that will help us in witnessing to others.
- We must remember always that the world is watching our actions and our speech, so that every day we must show this in how we act, that we love God.
- When an opportunity comes to witness, take it. Don’t back down and say maybe another time. It is easier to not say anything, but as a Christian we must stand up and confess God’s name, with no shame.
- Don’t judge the one you are witnessing to. We are witnessing for God and we are just wicked sinners. We can instruct and rebuke them, but don’t say they are not going to be saved. God could work in them and they could be a child of God.
- We must constantly study scripture so that when someone asks why we are different, we readily can tell them of Christ’s saving work in us. Instead of getting caught up in the things of this world we should stay home more, open our Bibles and study so that we become confident to proclaim His Word.
Mitchell is a student at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.