Can I get a WitHness?
We’re in between series at my church right now (or at least we were last weekend), but the message was…as always…timely (click here to see or hear the original message: witHness). If you’re new to my blog, you know that I use this space to reflect on the message each week – subsequently, I pray that it reaches your heart the way it did mine.

Last weekend was a big weekend for 111.3 million people…that is, if you were watching the Superbowl. My husband decided to watch the game with his family, so my family decided to hang out with me for the day. My family has never been into watching football…not regularly at least, so at about 7 pm, my sister said something like “isn’t the Superbowl on?” I think we were more excited about watching a few commercials, but it basically became background noise as we talked about everything from baby to baby (okay, so it was a lot of baby talk). 

According to the message this past weekend, nearly the same amount of people attend churches around the country/world every “Sunday” (or weekend since we attend on Saturday)…and yet, that message is rarely discussed around the water cooler. Taken a step further, it’s estimated that within a year, only 1 in 10 Christ followers will share their faith with one other person. Granted, even if you did share…it’s not always likely that the person you’re sharing with will give you the time of day, but still.
Witnesses RSRegardless of who accepts the message, according to Acts, Jesus has deemed us his witnesses to the ends of the earth. So, what is a witness? A witness is one who can and does share what he or she has seen or heard or knows. 

Therefore, we’re all witnesses. It’s really just a matter of what type of witness we are. As it relates to our faith, we’re not expected to know it all, only share what we do know. I think that’s where we get tripped up. We get intimidated by those who have been in the faith longer who may have memorized more scripture or “been around the block” so to speak, but we’re never expected to share more than we know in our heart. However, we’re still likely to be faced with non-believers or antagonists who will question our knowledge in an effort to break our faith (you’ve probably seen or heard many a story of the atheist professor and the Christian student…if not, Google it). Thus, we must stand firm in what we do know…even if all we know is that “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.”

With that said, how do we go about witnessing our faith to others…how do we go about sharing what we’ve personally seen or heard or know as it relates to our relationship with God?
  1. Be WITH God. Be a believer…have a relationship with God and actively practice your faith (even if that is in the privacy of your own home).
  2. Be WITH someone who has yet to accept Christ or to develop a relationship with God. Our minister this past weekend called it “breaking the holy huddle,” and actually hang out with non-Christians. I don’t know that I personally find myself in the Christian bubble (aka only hanging out with other Christ followers), but we’ll have very few opportunities to witness if we only talk to people who already believe. In fact, outside of the fact that Jesus was not a “Christian,” he hung out with what most pharisees (aka goody goodies) believed were some pretty dirty folks (aka sinners). Example – Luke 15:1-2 ‘Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”’
  3. Share what you’ve seen and heard. It doesn’t have to be a sermon (or a sermon replay like I do) or a long speech…just talk about what you’ve seen or heard. Furthermore, if you live as though you’re “under the influence” of Christ…other people will get curious and open the door for you to talk. However, when this opportunity presents itself, you only have about 10-15 seconds to share (more if you’re lucky) so don’t turn into a sleazy car salesman. Try this…”if you had seen me ten years ago, you would have seen a very different person, but God has entered my life.” If they’re still interested, you can go from there. At the same time, be prepared for some people to reject what you’ve just said – hang in there.  
Witness = WitHness…ya know, since we have to be WITH God and WITH someone who has yet to develop a relationship with God. The bottom line is that Jesus said YOU will be my witnesses. It’s only a matter of what kind of witness will you be? So…are you willing to be a witHness?

    I think one of the most important things a person can do to share their faith is to live the life of a Christian. To me, it often seems that many people go to church just because they feel like that’s what they’re suppose to do and that’s what everyone does, then the rest of the week, they just live their lives the way they want instead of living “under the influence.”

    Sharing our faith is what we are told to do – but somehow, the act of sharing it in words is very difficult for me! I try to show and share it in my actions, and occasionally do speak about it to people I don’t know. But, I mostly share my faith with my family and friends – some of whom are non-believers. I do think it is my most difficult struggle with my walk. Thanks for sharing your messages. They are all timely.

    It’s sometimes easier said than done, but I couldn’t agree more about the importance.

    P.S. Love the new header!

    So true, I want to share my faith, but then there is always that feeling down deep inside that I don’t know enough. If Satan can just keep us believing that then we will never do anything big for God. It’s hard to push past it. Like you said, if we remember that we are to go with Christ and not just because of Him. We can’t do it on our own, that’s for sure! Thanks for this reminder! I’ll tell ya, my church has been handing out cards to people (our church address is on one side and the plan of salvation is on the other). It’s so easy to do and God has really blessed us for it. We’ve seen a lot of new members and new Christians in the past year. So whether or not the person you talk to accepts it, God will bless you just for doing it.

    Wonderful post! We talked about this in service this past week to. Since I am a fairly new believer I do feel sometimes like I don’t know enough to spread the word. Right now I am focusing on living it. I think when people see you “practicing what you preach” it speaks to them in a sense. That is what really changed me. I saw how a group of Christian women got together and talked, really talked. They didn’t tear down other women, they didn’t boast about themselves, they talked and listened.

    Thanks for sharing and love the new header by the way.

    Yes – I am a witness. Thirteen years ago God placed me in my current job, a public high school. I know w/o a doubt it was God’s plan, not mine!
    When I was hired they said, “it was obvious in your interview you are a Christian. You must remember that you can’t openly talk about that.” Well, I do openly talk about it & live it out every day. When a student comes to me with questions about God, faith & all that it entails….they’ve opened the door & I love to step in & share.
    Heh – heh ….. I even shared Jeremiah 29:11,12 at a graduation before (Class of 2008) & I’m still here!
    God is good – all the time!
    Thanks for sharing this post Ashley!

    Love these posts Ashley, and I love who you are. Keep sharing that!

    Thanks for the reminder. I think we all get stuck in our comfortable group of friends/family and we all need to remember that there are so many other people around us that may need to hear the Word of God!

    Thanks for the reminder. I think we all get stuck in our comfortable group of friends/family and we all need to remember that there are so many other people around us that may need to hear the Word of God!

    Great post! You are so right in this post. If we want to grow our relationship with God then we seek others that aren’t in relationship with Him and we take opportunities to tell others about the relationship we have with Him.

    Thank you for sharing your love for God w/ us Ashley! I feel the same you as you, but I guess if us sharing the word of Gos touches one soul, then it is surely worth it!

    Really like your new header!

    Great post! I struggled with witnessing for the longest time. I always thought it meant you had to talk about the consequences of not accepting Christ. But that’s not it at all … just sharing what God has done in my life or how I have changed since accepting Christ is witnessing. Thanks for this reminder!

    BTW, LOVE the new header!

    I think sometimes we all feel we have to be polished and have a speech put together, or some programy thing in order to witness. However, the thing that is often most effective is just telling your story. It is one that can’t really be argued with. Who can tell you that what happened to you didn’t happen? Some may try to dismiss it as not for them, but it can at least get a conversation started. I have often been taught to share 1. My life before Christ 2. Events leading to coming to Christ and 3. Life now in Christ. I think the hardest part is leading the converstion towards sharing a testimony. The fear of rejection is a huge factor.

    omigosh…are you pregnant????!
    I haven’t been to your blog in a long time, so I didn’t hear about it. That’s awesome. :)

    I’ve been challenged with this lately also – if I really believe in hell and the consequences of sin, how can I NOT say anything to try to help those around me? Sometimes I lack so much faith… But it is always our own experiences that mean the most to people – they are the best witnessing tools.