When to Witness?
Jesus delivered a man from demons and the man begged to be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:38,39).
And when Peter denied Jesus three times and repented of his sin. Jesus told him “and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32). And He added, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Jesus gave Peter the mission to witness and minister to others right after his repentance.
Witnessing is part of the sanctification process for the believer. It’s when he is engaged in feeding the multitude with the Bread of Life that the Lord will multiply the bread. Active ministry is part of the conversion process, as surely as exercise is part of a child’s growing process.
God’s miracles are connected with doing His will and ministry. In the Old Testament, God’s miracles were seen on the battlefield, with Moses, Joshua, Samson, Gideon and David. In the New Testament, the Lord miraculously delivered Peter, Paul, Silas, and the 12 apostles from prison when they were actively preaching and teaching the truth.
Some feel that they are not fully equipped to witness, so they step aside. But those who humbly commit their gifts to God and step out in faith will experience great results in witnessing. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).
And those that God calls, He qualifies them to witness for others. The Lord will pour His power on and work His wonders for those who try to do this great work. God said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
As witnesses, the believers are the first and foremost link of visible evidence between the crucified, risen, and ascended Lord and the world. They will tell of His love. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you” (1 John 1:3). And through their testimony, the world will be able to hear the good news of salvation and believe (John 1:12).
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