Witnessing or evangelizing is the perfect will of God for all Christians.
Matthew 28:18-20, the great commission, is a command to Christ’s disciples (Christians) to tell others about Jesus Christ. Why then are our efforts often unfruitful or we fail to see the desired results when we tell others about Jesus’ love for them and their need for salvation?
Following are three steps that will help you win at witnessing.
• First, talk to Jesus about the person you will witness to before you say anything to them. Praying specifically for the individual allows you to receive God’s love for them.
Within ourselves we do not possess the patience or compassion for others needed to be an effective witness. Through salvation, we receive God’s love for us, but intercession is required if we are to effectively relay God’s love to others.
Also, through prayer we gain an understanding from God about how to effectively witness to the individual. Without understanding, we may spend time passionately saying things that are important in one arena but irrelevant to the hearer. As a result, the believer sounds like just another person telling all he knows. Someone once said that people don’t care about how much you know they want to know how much you care.
• Next, speak the Word of God to people. John 6:44 tells us that it is God who draws people to himself. Too often, Christians attempt to witness by sharing their convictions and opinions. Convictions are great, but they are to create boundaries for your personal life based on the word of God.
Others must first hear God’s word to be drawn to him, and he will teach them to establish boundaries for their lives according to his word.
• Finally, use your testimony as a witnessing tool. Your testimony should briefly tell what your life was like before Christ, the circumstances surrounding your conversion, and the changes you have seen in your life since you met Jesus.
Go win a soul!