We have been looking at reaching out to others as a way of life. Jesus called us to “be” a witness for Him and not just to “do” witnessing. So, our lifestyle, our words, our attitude, our actions must all reflect Him and help others to know the love of God as found only in Christ Jesus.
I took the liberty of using the word ‘faith’ and letting each letter stand for a comment about effective outreach. So far we have seen:
F = Find someone to talk to. God is giving you opportuneness daily to touch lives with His love
A = Assume that they like you. To do this you must first like you and then give others opportunity to come to know and like you
I = Initiate conversation freely, frequently, and naturally. Be authentic – people can quickly spot a phoney T = stands for “transition the talk to Jesus.”
The “H” is that we need to “Honour the soul you desire to reach.” We need to recognize that we are not out selling Jesus to potential customers who may or may not want to purchase Him. We are not trying to build a networking scheme or collecting notches on our Gospel gun. We are out to rescue souls and lives that are made in God’s image but that are lost, alone, and without God in the world. It is about placing a high value on the price that Christ paid to win the lost and realize that there must be something so valuable to God about each soul we seek to reach.
Regardless of how riddled with sin, struggle or dysfunction a person may be, we seek to redeem and honour the soul God has called us to reach. The best way to “honour” someone is to share with them the way, the truth and the life Jesus offers. Compassionate conversations, of course, help us to do just this.
So, the question is: When the opportunity to be a witness comes your way, will you be ready to respond to it in FAITH?