“To be a witness for Christ or not” is a question that many of us Christians ponder. We’re placed in situations where we see someone struggling and we just “know that we know” Jesus is the answer, yet something holds us back from speaking God into someone’s life.
We don’t want to feel judged for talking about God to someone who might not believe. We worry that someone will be confrontational and we’ll end up in a debate situation defending our faith. We don’t have time. These are just some of the reasons I’ve played in my mind.
This happened to me yesterday as I was getting my teeth cleaned. The hygienist began telling me of her life challenges. Her mother had fallen and broke her neck leaving her with irreparable brain damage. She fell in love with a man that had severe mental issues and was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. She went on to tell me how she loved her lost boyfriend but also hated him, how she missed him but couldn’t stand certain aspects of him.
I began thinking about my life and how I had experienced similar difficulties, yet made it through all of them with the power of prayer. Then I felt a tug on my heart from God, telling me to minister to her and tell my story.
Have you ever felt that nudge to be a witness for God, but then felt awkward because the timing or situation didn’t seem right? ….. That was me!!! …. I had JUST met this gal, had no idea if she was a Christian, AND she had sharp metal tools in my mouth!!
Despite my reservations, I kept getting that nudge from God and I wanted to be faithful.
I began to tell my hygienist how God has a plan for each of us. I acknowledged her sorrow and explained that God would introduce her to a wonderful man, in His timing.
Then I shared about my period of loneliness and how I finally met my husband. It wasn’t through a friend, a chance meeting in the grocery store, or by “trying” to find one. It was through a specific prayer, long waiting, and trusting that God was orchestrating a perfect plan.
For TWO long years I prayed this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, you know my heart and you know I am lonely. I know I’m not ready for a healthy relationship right now, but God I am asking you to help me BE ready. Prepare my mind and heart. And prepare the mind and heart of the man you have waiting for me. God I trust Your will in my life and if I have to be lonely for a longer period, I will wait because I know your plan is perfect………….”
Long story short, my prayer was finally answered and God brought me a man that was exactly what I prayed for. It didn’t happen over night though. I prayed and waited. I cried. Sometimes I felt hopeless. But the more I leaned on God for the things I needed (companionship, guidance, wisdom), the more healthy I became. I learned patience. I learned to trust in God’s almighty plan. And I learned to love myself.
I was telling her this story because I wanted her to know that God would bring just the right man into her life when she was “ready” ……. and that maybe her plans didn’t work out because God had a better, more divine plan for her life. I suggested she pray for guidance, for truth and understanding, and then trust God to do the rest.
My decision to minister to her was confirmed as the right decision when she looked at me and said, “you know, that is exactly what my mom told me before her brain injury”. She told me that her mother could no longer carry on conversations like that with her and my words (from God) were just what she needed to hear. With a tear in her eye, she thanked me and then gave me a hug.
To be a witness for Christ or not? Absolutely!!
God will put us in situations to minister to people, to be the answer to someone’s prayer, to speak words of love/faith/compassion to someone hurting. All we need to do is have a willing heart to be God’s vessel.
We need to press beyond those thoughts telling us the timing isn’t right or those fears telling us we will be judged. People are hurting and we may be the only person in someone’s life to speak Godly wisdom.
(I wonder how many opportunities I’ve missed, to be a witness for Christ because I was afraid of what someone might think?)
Psalm 96:3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Please comment below how you’ve been able to witness to the people around you (I would LOVE to hear your stories!)