For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.- Romans 1:16
Most of us would probably say, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel; I just don’t want to bother people.” Maybe we say, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, but he sure doesn’t seem to be someone who would receive it.” We might even say, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel; I just don’t want to be pushy and chase them away.” However, there is a problem with that line of thinking. Our flesh really knows how to justify why we can’t speak up. I struggle with it every day.
Even the best of soul winners will tell you that they struggle with witnessing; it is a battle that will never come to an end until heaven. Our flesh does not want us to share the Gospel. The devil does not want is to share the Gospel. The world does not want to hear the Gospel. Nevertheless, Jesus commands us to give it to every creature in the world (Mark 16:15).
What we need to trust in is that God’s Word is strong enough to overpower our flaws in witnessing. We may stutter or we may stumble over our words a little, but if God is truly allowed to flow through us, He will compensate. He will take the wheel and drive.
There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God. I once heard that the Bible is the only book that the author is always present when you read it. How true that it! It is also the only book that is alive and can speak to you afresh every time you read it. We need to trust in that and allow it to speak to others as we witness.
I am definitely still quite the amateur at witnessing. I realize that I need to step it up and start putting myself out there for Christ. It is one of the hardest things to do. Satan knows exactly how to strike each person. Here is what some people say about witnessing:
“I don’t know the verses well enough.”
“I don’t like being pushy. I wouldn’t like it if people did it to me.” (But isn’t that how you were saved?)
“I might say the wrong thing and ruin what God can do better with someone else.” (I struggle with this one myself!!)
“I am not an eloquent speaker.”
“They didn’t look very friendly.”
“They might hate me.”
“They looked evil. Someone like that won’t listen to what I have to say.”
There are so many more. I know because I seem to come up with various reasons to try to convince the Lord why I shouldn’t approach someone. It doesn’t make us the worst Christians around because ALL Christians struggle with it, just some more than others.
I still struggle with witnessing, but here are some of my favorite lines when handing someone a tract:
We have a smiley faced tract (one of my favorites):
“I wanted to give you a smile today.”
“Here’s a smile from God for you.”
About 90% of the time, I see the person look at it. I even made a girl at Burger King who was in a terrible mood smile from ear to ear when I handed one to her.
We have Thank-you tracts:
“Thank you. Here’s a little something for you.”
“Here’s a little devotional I would like to share with you.”
“Would you mind reading this when you get a moment. It tells you how you can get to heaven.”
What are some of your favorite things to say when you hand someone a tract? What are your favorite tracts? What seems to catch people’s attention the most?