October 16, 2016
[wolf_dropcap text=”W” font=”Montserrat”]itnessing is an intentional introduction to salvation through Jesus Christ from a believer to a non-believer. Over the course of the last several years, I have wondered why many churches fail to emphasize and encourage the gospel mandate of witnessing to their congregants. Perhaps, we have become derelict in the divine duty of witnessing because we have become excessively consumed with fellowship, unreachably high on the fragrance of worship, or simply suffer from misappropriation of a cross-centered focus. In doing the work of the church, we have neglected to execute the work of the ministry. In spite of all the people and situations that demand our attention and concentration, the passion to share the saving power of Jesus Christ should arrest our attention every day. Hallelujah and Amen!
In the first chapter of John we learn that two of Jesus’ disciples were led to him by the testimony of men that Jesus initially called. Upon hearing a transparent and persuasive personal account of an encounter with the Messiah, both Andrew and Nathanael had to meet Jesus for themselves. The next three and a half years of their lives would shake the foundation of the world from the rural Roman province of Judea. It is utterly impossible for one’s life to remain the same after a proper introduction to Jesus Christ! Nevertheless, there are many among us who claim to walk with the Lord, yet never share the joy of knowing Jesus! The Gospel accounts are loitered with occurrences when Jesus completely changed someone’s life and instructed them not to tell anyone. However, knowing Jesus and experiencing his power is too good to keep inside! So, why do we keep it inside?
As we march toward the dusk of 2016, I want to challenge every son and daughter of Beulah to do two things for the rest of the year: firstly, share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with at least one person every day. Work to exhaust every conceivable measure; text messages, letters, social media and personal conversations just to name a few. Secondly, invite one non-believer or unchurched person to worship with you every Sunday for the last ten Sundays of 2016. God has been too good to keep His reputation to ourselves! Rejoice and be glad!