Some of the last recorded words that we have from our Lord Jesus Christ before He ascended into heaven are found in Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” This passage of Scripture is commonly referred to as the Great Commission. We are to go spread the Gospel to our immediate area, our surrounding areas, as well as abroad, even to our “Samaria” or places we may have animosity towards. (Acts 1:8)
In the same verse, Acts 1:8, we read the words, “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.” As Christians, the moment of our conversion to Christ we have received the Holy Spirit. We read about the Apostles, and the boldness and power they had when sharing the Gospel, but we wonder why we do not experience this boldness in our own witnessing. I am convinced that boldness in sharing the Gospel comes as a result of our faithfulness in witnessing! Rather than lifestyle evangelism, why don’t we make evangelism a lifestyle? The Apostles did, and we as Christians ought to as well.
Too often as Christians we plan a day on the calendar in which we will go door-to-door, or we have a weekly day where we go and witness. I have often found myself on the day I am to go soul-winning feeling nervous and uncomfortable. This should not be the case! If we as Christians were to live the Gospel, it would not be uncomfortable for us to share with others. A friend of mine asked, “Christians say the most important moment of their life was their salvation, then why do we not talk about it?” In Romans 1:16 we read, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Paul often spoke about the Gospel; and the Holy Spirit moved Paul to write the inspired words of Romans and 1 Corinthians where the Gospel is very clearly presented.
We do not live in the Apostolic age, and the times in which we live are very secularized, but people are searching answers to life. We have the answer, yet we are oftentimes to afraid to share the hope that we have. However, even in the times in which we live Jesus message still holds true, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35) As humans we often make up excuses in our minds why we should not go soul-winning, such as, “No one will listen to me,” or “I don’t know what to say.” Too often we allow ourselves to be talked out of sharing the Gospel. We want to have the results the Apostles had, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47) We would like to see people come to know Christ as their Savior, and the church growing, but we do not want to put forth the effort, or go through the persecution that accompanies these results.
Proverbs 11:30 reads, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” It is a wise thing to seek to win souls, but how do we get the boldness to witness? The boldness comes as we seek God in prayer and in His Word, but also as we are faithful, day by day in sharing our faith with others. When we step out of our homes we come into contact with many different people, whether at stores, restaurants, or work, but do you take the time to share with those individuals the hope you have in Christ? We should not be timid or afraid because 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear (timidity); but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Meditate on this verse, maybe you don’t have a sound mind when you witness. Sometimes I feel as though I babble on and on when I witness, but the Holy Spirit can still work through us. As we study God’s Word we will develop a sound mind while sharing the Gospel. As we better understand the Gospel, we can better share that with others.
We think of soul-winning as something only the spiritual people can do, but we are all to be growing in our walk with the Lord, and therefore, we should all be seeking to be that spiritual person. People are dying in their sin and going to Hell, and we know the way to help them, but too often we fear telling them how to be freed from sin and Hell. As we are seek God in prayer we will develop a love for the unsaved, and we will begin to see them as God sees them. God is not willing that any sinner would die in their sins, but faith comes by hearing the Word of God. If we do not reveal what God’s Word says, then they will not be freed from sin. Do you want to have boldness in witnessing? Be faithful in soul-winning, day by day, make it a lifestyle rather than just something that is done on the weekends, and the discomfort and fear will subside. God wants to use every believer to share the Gospel, we are commanded too, but He will only use those willing to go and share His truths.