Some Christians feel they are inadequate in sharing their faith in the missions because of their failures or because they do not have a formal training in reaching out for others. Many feel they aren’t holy enough to engage in witnessing. So, they don’t reach out for others and wait for a future time. These individuals don’t realize that they are missing a vital experience that is essential for their own personal spiritual growth.
Jesus sent His 12 disciples (Matthew 10:1) and the seventy to witness to the nation of Israel and heal the sick (Luke 10:1,9). And after several successful missionary trips, they came back with great news of what the Lord has done through them and even the seventy reported that the demons were subject to them (Luke 10:17).
Please note that, it was after these successful missionary trips that the twelve disciples argued with pride between themselves about which of them was greatest. Obviously, they were not yet thoroughly converted, but the Lord still used them in reaching others because working for the salvation of the lost is an integral element to the conversion process.
Also, it was after this that Peter denied Christ. And even after 3-½ years, Christ told Peter, “When you’re converted,” future tense, “strengthen the brethren” (Luke 22:32). The bitter experience that Peter went through worked in him a transformation which was clearly evident to his fellow disciples.
Christians should not wait until they feel they are holy enough to witness. Witnessing is a necessary part of their salvation. The apostle Paul declares, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Salvation requires both confession and faith. The good news is that Christ’s power is never more available than to those who are willing to be His witnesses.
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