[CF Devotionals] 2017-04-13 - Witnessing for Christ

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Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples.” Strong’s Concordance defines the word go as, “depart, go (away, forth, one’s way, up), (make a, take a) journey, walk.” What this says to me is for us to get on our feet, step out, and make disciples. Yes, I know that we are to live our lives as “A light to the world.” However, if we are not making disciples by living a Christian life, then we are being disobedient to Jesus, and I am sure that you will agree with me when I say any disobedience to Him is a sin.

I realize that if we “Go” it will take the majority of us out of our comfort zone. If you are like me, who used to be scared half- to-death to speak in public, I suggest that you began as I did, and that is by passing out Christian Tracts every chance that you get. There are many tracts out there, but my two favorites are “Steps to Peace with God” (Billy Graham) and the “Four Spiritual Laws” (Bill Bright). I started by leaving them with my tip, a generous one, at the restaurants that my wife and I frequented. I would follow up by asking the wait staff what they thought of the tract, the next time we visited the establishment.

Was it easy? No! Did I make mistakes? Yes! Many times I walked away shaking my head after a follow-up and saying to myself, “Boy, I sure messed that up.” But, after a lot of mistakes, I learned, and am still learning, how to tell people what Jesus had done for me, and what He wants to do for them.

1 Peter 3:15(NKJV) says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” I definitely had the fear when I began, but after a while it disappeared, and now I look forward to telling people about Jesus. Do I have much success? I planted a lot of seeds, but rarely does He allows me to see the fruit of my efforts. Does that bother me? No! I am not responsible for the accepting; however, I am responsible for the seed planting. I say this because in 1 Corinthians 3:6 (NKJV) Paul says, “I planted, Apollo watered, but God gave the increase. If this had been written by an East Texan, it would say, “I sowed the seeds, y’all water and hoe, and God will carry the crop to the barn."

I am now a Gideon, and instead of passing out tracts, I pass out copies of the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. I also visit the county jail about once a month, to talk to the inmates. I always use the FAITH Plan when I meet with them. This is a GREAT witnessing tool. It works really well on a on-on-one or in a large group. If you want a copy of it, let me know, and I will forward a copy to you.

In closing, I always pray before I witness, and part of my prayer is to remind Jesus that He promised (see Matthew 28:20 above) that He would always be with me. Does He need the reminder? No, but it sure does help me knowing that He is there with me.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you thanking you for the day and for being my God and my Father. Father, while I am wandering around today, I ask you to please put someone in front of me that needs Jesus, and then for You to make me bold and give me the words I need to tell them what Your Son has done for me, and wants to do for them. I say all of this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, Amen.

In Christ,

[email jan] Rodney

All verses are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.

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