Witnessing. What does it even mean? Who is it for? Why and how should we do it with our families? Is it the same as leading someone to Jesus, like saying the sinners prayer? Let me share our families revelation, experience and some practical tips to help.
What is witnessing?
Word pictures really help me. It’s just the way the Lord wired my brain. So when He gave me this scene, it opened my eyes to a great deal of understanding:
Enter a court room that consists of a trial with lawyers, a judge and a jury. You will likely find two or three witnesses giving their testimony. They are testifying about what they saw, an event, the people, everything that happened. If they are credible witnesses, they will be speaking the truth of what they personally know – nothing more or less.
If they are not, they might mislead the jury and the court to gain something. Sometimes its because they are afraid of what someone might think. Sometimes they change their story to an outright lie or may even decide not to speak because they know they did wrong and might even be guilty of a crime. Sometimes they choose not to share what information they have because they are walking in fear of their lives, they are threatened by someone. Maybe their family will bear the consequences of their witness.
This is the same thing we are doing when we Biblically witness to the world around us. We are sharing what we personally have seen, experienced and know about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be true. We have first hand encounters that we share. We have seen and touched the living God as we have walked out life. We have not just one experience of salvation but many! Many miracles small and large. Many blessings. Many times that hardship turned out for the good.
Sharing our story is witnessing!
There is also fleshly witnessing, as I made mention above and we saw in the example of a poor witness to a court. I know that sounds harsh but it is true. So many times we can think we are walking in truth, pleasing the Father, when we might just be pushing our opinion and acting out a works based religion, rather than telling of our faith filled walk with the Father.
In our concern of the opinions of others we might tell lies about the gospel to make it look better. We might even refuse to share the truth. We might tell them of something we have heard from another source because it sounded good. But when we do that, it is weak because it isn’t what we saw.
Sharing what we know by experience with others is the most effective way to tell the truth about God. It is easy, practical and happens naturally most of the time. That is also what Jesus did. He shared what He knew of the Father (John 17).
This means that we need to remember what He has done. Have eyes to see what He is doing now. Be ready to share at all times. Be willing to change even now. Keep setting apart our souls from the world to see more of the Father in this earth and in our lives. Then we will have even more to tell of the good ol’ story of the gospel.
Who Should Witness and Why?
Everyone. If you are a Christian, you have seen, heard and experienced something about the Father. YOU have a story to share and it matters. It is called being a fisher of men. And Jesus did not say that only some of His disciples would do this fishing. No. It was to everyone. This command has continued through the ages and is not for pastors, teachers, missionaries, and evangelists alone. This is for everyone. (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19)
This means children can and should as well. In fact, children have some of the best witnesses of the glory of God, because they speak as they see things. They don’t muddy the waters. They know the Father’s faithfulness.
How should we Witness?
Everyone has a sphere of influence. We are called to make a difference in that sphere. Some have large ones and some have small, but here again, everyone matters. Everyone has a purpose and everyone has something to give and receive. Share your story. There seems to be two types of testifying that happens. The keeping testimony and the delivering testimony.
The keeping testimony is one that can often be overlooked. It might be that you were raised in the church – you knew Jesus at an early age and gave your life to Him early as well. You might never have done any drugs, struggled with any addictions, or had any “bad” things happen to you that seem to be extreme. But the reality is, this is a big deal! God has kept you. This is a testimony.
The delivering testimony tends to be the one that most people share and believe is a testimony a true witness. These often show where God took you out of the pit and really rocked your world. Big changes were made. Very tangible and noticeable differences happened in your life when you moved from the path of destruction to the path of life.
The truth again is that these are both good and true testimonies. Anything God has done for you is a faithful witness! If it was Him! Be sure that what you share was from Him. The more you get to know Him, the more you see His truth and grow into a deeper relationship with your Father.
Just like as a child I only knew a part of my parents. The way I understood them as a child is far different than now. Praise the Lord I can now see so much value in how they raised me. And because I know them so much better, I can be a better witness to who they really are.
Some practical ways that you can witness to others also includes:
- Pray with people in faith.
- Share a portion of your story that pertains to them of God’s faithfulness.
- Give them scripture that supports right choices and how those scriptures have helped you.
- Share scripture that brings light and truth to the darkness they are in.
- Find faith filled mini books and gospel tracks that lift you up and can minister to them.
If you are simply a hoarder of Jesus you are missing a big key to living life to the full on this earth. Never forget what happened when you were born again. Never take light what He has kept you from. You don’t need to be a scholar, pastor or evangelist to witness. The disciples were just as ordinary as me and you. Just think of those who were physically touched by Jesus, I am sure they shared. And you have been touched too!
Get out there and share the good news. Witness and testify of His love and faithfulness to the world!
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Amanda is married to her best friend. The Lord has blessed them with four children and a dog. They are native to the Rocky Mountains where they raise their family in the Grand Valley. She spends her days loving and serving her husband working to honor him, teaching her children to love and serve the Lord, as she seeks Him first for herself. She is currently enrolled in a course for evidence based herbalism to be a Master Herbalist. She blogs at CountingAllJoy.com where she shares life and other joys with her readers. You may follow her on Facebook or Pinterest.