Witnessing to others is one of those things that can cause heart flutters and bouts of fainting in people! Sharing ones faith is not always an easy thing to do for many reasons. Fear of rejection, fear of ridicule… But we cannot let those fears prevent us from witnessing and we must encourage others to witness as well…
The Pharisees questioned Christ’s disciples in Luke 5:30, perhaps they were too afraid to ask Jesus Himself so they complained to His disciples. They wanted to know why Christ and his disciples would “eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners”. They asked this because in that time to share table fellowship with someone was to condone their behavior. The Pharisees believed in separating themselves from sinners in order to preserve their purity.
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” (Luk 5:30 NIV)
Not everyone in the church will believe that they should go out to all sinners like Jesus did, not all will believe that if we do we owe it to them and to Christ to follow through with them. Some will convince themselves that they don’t have to.
“I go to church, I give my money, I bake for all the sales, I’m a good person so I don’t need to do that!”
Others will be afraid that they might be affected by the sinners and want to separate themselves like the Pharisees did.
But Jesus responds to this quite pointedly in verses 31 and 32.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luk 5:31-32 NIV)
Jesus goes to those that need healing, those that need to repent and become righteous in their lives.
The task of witnessing and spreading the Gospel message goes beyond the personal and into the eternal. We can run all the Bible study and small groups that we want but unless we are getting out there and spreading the Gospel message to those that need it we are not advancing the Kingdom as much as we should. We are not to separate ourselves from those that don’t know Christ, we are to bring the Gospel message to them and show them how Christ works in our lives, show them the truth, not avoiding anybody and making the commitment to follow through with those whose lives the Word has touched.
The world is slowly dying without the Gospel. If we could only get the Gospel message into the hearts of all people then the problems of the world would start to fade. Enough could be done to stamp out world hunger, people wouldn’t be so inclined to steal, cheat, and lie. People wouldn’t resort to senseless acts of violence in an attempt to solve their problems.
Christ left us the message.
Christ left us the method.
Christ left us the Spirit.
All we need to do… is do it!
Grace & Peace,
- Witnessing: Let’s Go Out (spendomai.com)
- Witnessing: Following Through! (spendomai.com)
- Witnessing: Go Out to Whom? (spendomai.com)