“The burden against Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?” Isaiah 21:11
Burdened for lost souls? The burden as such is an oracle which is prophetic writings concerning a people. Basically, Isaiah 21:11 illustrates an observer, or Watchman, being asked of what is to come. The souls God calls us to speak to are not always verbally asking, “what of the night,” rather they may be crying out for answers in more familiar ways such as socially unacceptable behaviors, isolation, or chronic inconsistencies in other areas of their lives. Do you get a heavy feeling when you think about missing the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ? Maybe you get “that feeling” urging you to say or do something to share information of God’s love with the individuals but are unaware of what to do or say. I do not believe that there are strict right or wrong ways to witness to people, but rather effective or ineffective ways to share Jesus to the potential believer. Moreover, unlike a catcher’s mitt, it’s not one size fits most. My approach may not match your personality, making your genuine concern for their souls appear rehearsed and insincere. Which leads to my next thought. Caring for the person is just as important if not more important than knowing all the “right” words to say. I’m assuming you have been witnessed to in the past by someone with a heart for God as they professed; however, their callousness towards your condition made you question their genuineness, which hindered the efficacy of their witness.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do no receive Our witness.” John 3:11
Here Jesus is speaking of His testimony in congruence with what He and the Holy Spirit have witnessed from God, notice that Jesus’ witness is being questioned, rejected, and dismissed. As we arm ourselves with the love of God to go out to share the marvelous works we have seen we can expect to be rejected and opposed. The students are not greater than the Teacher (Matt. 10:24). Jesus was rejected unto death, likewise, should be prepared to suffer for the gospel. For us, suffering may entail being ostracized from mainstream society. What I mean is that if no one in your path recognizes that there is something different about you, then you may need to reevaluate your walk, witness, and worship before God. I’d rather share a testimony of God’s goodness and have it be rejected than meet the Father and have Him say those dreadful, heart-wrenching words, “But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” Matthew 7:23. Jesus comforts us, “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8 Telling others of the power of God mustn’t be a full account of every moment you spent on earth, but rather a leading of the Holy Spirit whereby the individual is given the opportunity to get to know Jesus through you. It’s sort of like, introducing someone to your spouse, or best friend.
The best opportunities I’ve had to witness have been when I’ve felt the worst. That was the test. It was as if God was saying, “Yup, your sad, lacking resources, and even tired, but will you introduce this person to me?” The refreshing waters that flooded my soul as I put my feelings on pause and engaged in God’s work are without description. I simply cannot conjure up an adjective to describe the joy of knowing that my moods are not what defined the moment but rather my choice to give God glory despite those emotions and circumstances. I guarantee that incorporating witnessing into your arsenal as a believer will dramatically change the way you view your predicaments. Sure, some of us as bloggers witness in the blogosphere. I dare say that this is our place of comfort. I challenge you to get uncomfortable and witness when the need presents itself not just when it’s blogging time. At the convenience store, at the gym, even at work. Let God speak through you. Then the words will not be idle chatter about what someone else ought to do, but rather what Jesus has done. It is my prayer that we as the body of Christ no longer allow fear, insecurity, or feelings of inadequacy to shut our mouths but that we proclaim God’s mighty works to the ends of the earth, that our lives be our greatest testimony, that our verbalizations match our daily actualizations, and that by faith we obtain the promises made to us, in Jesus precious name, Amen.
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