Witnessing for Wimps

I am going to be totally honest with you.  When it comes to sharing the Gospel I don’t do a very good job of it because witnessing frightens me.

There are some individuals with outgoing personalities who find it very easy to share the Gospel with someone.  But some like me who are uncomfortable about approaching strangers, or even friends, with good news of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately most of these people have unhealthy responses to this fear of witnessing.  They either refuse to ever do it because God has not given the them the gift of witnessing.  Or they look down on themselves feeling that extroverts are somehow better than them in the eyes of God.  This of course is completely wrong and actually an attack on God saying that He didn’t make us good enough.

But there is a healthier response to the fear that holds us back for sharing our faith.  That is looking for opportunities to simply encourage an unsaved friend  or give them a kind word.  Of course if the Lord gives us an opportunity to witness in that conversation we should definitely take it.  And the interesting thing is how many times God does this once we give a word of encouragement.

Jesus when He met the woman at the well didn’t immediately begin focusing on her sin or revealing His deity.  Instead Christ simply asked her for a drink of water.  Now that simple question may seem unimportant to us, but for her it was life changing.  For starters men and women usually didn’t have conversations in public, especially not Jewish men and Samaritan women, there was also the fact that her sin was well known in the city.  So by asking for water Jesus in essence offered acceptance and love.

That love started a conversation about why He (a Jew) would talk to her (a Samaritan).  It ended with Jesus sharing that He was the Messiah, and her life being totally changed.  If the Lord had not shown love and acceptance to this woman she would have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ.

Now let me be clear that this does not mean we sh0uldn’t share the Gospel with unsvaed and show them love instead.  But acts of love and acceptance will speak in a powerful way to those without Christ.  And many times they will open the door for us to share what God has done for our lives.

Recently I made a committment to begin showing acts of love and acceptance to my unsaved friends and strangers who may not know Christ.  This may mean something as simple as a smile and joke, or financial help in crisis.  I do it because I love them as Christ does, but also in hopes that soon I can share the Gospel with them.   Let me encourage all of the introverts out there to do the same.  Perhaps we can change the world one act of love at a time.

Because of Who He is,

John Wilburn

http://www.australianmissionary.wordpress.com

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John Wilburn

Missionary Living, Explaining, and Proclaiming the Gospel in the Suburbs of Melbourne Australia

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