Does the thought of witnessing to others about your faith excite you or stress you out? Many people think of sharing their faith as either a death sentence or a commandment enforced by knocking on doors and throwing Bibles. Fortunately, this is not what God commands! We serve a loving God who didn’t design sharing your faith as terms to condemn each other. You can spread God’s love and joy by approaching witnessing with the right attitude and state of mind.
Here are seven Bible verses about witnessing to others.
Witness with the Purpose of Encouraging Others
Romans 1:12 “that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
God does command us to share our faith, but it is to encourage one another. The key here is to be mutually encouraged. If you approach sharing your faith with others in passion fueled by anger and division, you will only create more anger and division. Share from your heart and keep in mind you are called to serve others, so find a way that will be meaningful to them. Consider sending a card, making a meal or taking the time to call each week.
Witnessing Means Being There for One Another
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
Witnessing to others means being there for them and going through life and being present for one another. Don’t shy away from someone who is weeping in a corner. It’s a God-appointed moment to comfort another person. Sharing moments of laughter, tears, heartbreak and joyous occasions are what help join you together in Christ.
Witnessing Should Include Setting a Godly Example
2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Witnessing means more than speaking. Be the example of Christ to others, including with strangers. You may be the only person who is welcoming and respectful. Don’t try to say the right thing – speak from your heart and show empathy. Actions carried out through love will send a stronger message than finding the right words.
Witness to Others By Sharing Your Struggles
2 Timothy 1:8 “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,”
Share your struggles. This is one of the most powerful ways to witness because you allow God to transform the struggle into something beautiful. Holding in your fear and pain from life’s struggles only makes matters seem harder than they are. God will send you the help you need, but you have to realize you can’t do life on your own. Share your struggles with people you can trust.
First You Must Honor Christ in Your Heart
1 Peter 3:15“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”
Witnessing your faith begins with honoring Christ in your heart. God will prepare your mind and give you the words to speak, but you first have to give Him your heart. Keep giving Christ your heart each day and He will continue opening doors for you to share His love with others.
Let God Open The Ears Of People Around You
Acts 17:11 “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
Be bold and know that God will bring eager listeners to you. People will try to confirm that what you are saying is true – don’t be offended, but see it as how others are seeking Him. Walk with them and help them understand what each scripture means as God begins peeling back the layers.
Treat Witnessing As A Responsibility
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Have you thought of yourself as an ambassador of Christ? It’s a big deal! Take the responsibility seriously and keep seeking ways to fulfill what God is calling you to do. It may seem big or small, but all opportunities to share your faith are from God.
Remember to be gentle and respectful as you witness. This could happen in the grocery store, at the park or during a mission trip. Sometimes God reveals an upcoming opportunity to you such as a Bible study and other times it may seem sudden and unexpected. Honor each opportunity as a moment created and planned by Christ.
Article by Elise Cleary
I am a Christian writer and editor that lives in northern Michigan and thoroughly enjoy music, movies, TV shows, books and other entertainment with a Christian focus. My favorite song is “Oceans” by Hillsong United because it reminds me that has big plans for me and everyone else who puts their trust in Him. There are many movies that have impacted my life, but a few include God’s Not Dead, The Shunning and Letters to God. I also write for www.faithandentertainment.com and love connecting with readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact me! When I’m not writing I enjoy watching movies and laughing with my busy toddler and husband.