Should We Tell Others?
a million reasons... here are three.
First reason as to why we should testify... it is a
commandment from Jesus. GO appears in the Bible 1,514
times, 233 times in the New Testament, and 54 times in
second reason we should tell others is basic... people desperately
need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
Third reason to testify about a life with
Christ, we should feel a need to pass it on. God made us that
we hear good news we want to share it... sometimes for the wrong
reasons... yet it is a natural desire... to share what we know
and they dont.
Like when your first child was born, you make the
first two calls and its news but good news spreads so fast that when
you call the third person they sometimes already know.
to know more? Read on
Should I Tell Others?
Robbie L. Rogers
Contrary to popular belief, our faith
isnt a private matter.
We are perfectly willing to stand up and make a fool of ourselves
at a football game, yelling and jumping up and down when our team did
I want to ask you similar question. When
you went to such a great game and your team won... do you remember how
great you felt when you left the stadium... do you feel that when you
leave church... ask God why not? You should feel some of that same
exuberance... ready to go out and tell the world, or anybody that will
listen, what a great thing that happened in your church... in
your life... how excited you are.
not ask God why are you so willing to share about the great game
but not about your church... or Christ in your life... or your familys
about it.. what good is your religion unless it makes a
preacher and a soap-maker went for a walk. The
soap-maker said, "What good is religion? Look at all the trouble
and misery of the world! Its still there, even after thousands of
years. In spite of all the teaching about goodness, truth and peace.
After all the prayers, sermons and teachings. If religion is good and
true, why should this be?"
continued walking while the preacher pondered the right words to say, wanting
to help his friend. He noticed a child playing in the gutter, then
said, "Look at that child. You say that soap makes people clean,
but see the dirt on that youngster. Of what good is soap? With all the
soap in the world, over all these years, the child is still filthy. I
wonder how effective soap is after all!"
soap-maker protested. "But, pastor, soap cannot do any good
unless it is used!"
replied the pastor. "Exactly!"
tells us to Go to the lost sheep...; He
tells us to go and tell...;Go
and invite all you meet...; Go
and make disciples... In
fact turn to Jesus last words in Matthew 28:18-20.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them
to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age."
are all called to live an exemplary life, so that others
will ask why we have the hope... the faith in us. But, did you realize
we were all led to Christ by someone. Whether they played a major part
in our actual conversion or not, they played an integral part.
Plus, many, many unknown people planted seeds in our life along
real truth is someone witnessed to you or you wouldnt
be here now. Dont we owe the same to others? We
didnt just wander into the church and say... "can you save
wont do it. The
building programs wont do it.
preacher cant do it. Though
the pastor, hymns, building and religion can carry you along the way,
somewhere in the past, your starting point, God placed someone in your
who made the difference you needed at the time. A willing seed
spreader. Thats what were called to do... spread seeds.
play some what if games... Ill tell you a couple of stories. You
say what if they were real. What if they really apply to me... to my
What if you were traveling with a bunch of people and
found yourself in the middle of the Sahara Desert without water.
Needing water to survive, each of you struck out in different directions
to find it.
just happened to wander into an oasis and fell upon the
cool water, drinking deeply until satisfied. It would be extremely
selfish if you did not return swiftly and show the others the way to get
their thirst satisfied too.
the Living Water, is the only way to satisfy a spiritually
thirsty heart. Have
you been a willing guide to take the message out to the world. How
about your friends? Your
good is having something great, unless you can share it with others.
Usually when something great happens in our life, the first thing we
want to do is to share what happened to those closest to us, our loved
ones, our friends... why arent we willing to do the same with the
greatest treasure we can ever find?
are starving for the truth. Without
Christs influence in our life we feel empty. Our
spirituality has been wiped out by many different aspects of life. We
dont know how to express ourselves and so we attempt to fill the void
with drugs, alcohol, sex and money. It
doesnt work... does it? Weve
seen the truth. We
should be willing to shout it out... come all you who are thirsty
come and drink of the well that will not only quench your thirst, but
give you eternal life and blessings untold here and now.
another what if story... What if you heard of a fabulously
wealthy and powerful person giving away say... $10 million to anyone
who would join his exclusive group. All you have to do
is accept certain rules to live by... and all the rules would be good
you would get to move to a great and magnificent new city filled with
eternal light, and streets paved with gold and jewels.
then all you have to do is try to obey the rules until the
wealthy man sends his son to judge whether or not you did a good job,
then youd get your $10 million. Its in the form of an inheritance.
you mean, I join this club, follow all those rules, but I
don't get my money unless some big brass looks me over to see if I
qualify? What a bummer."
but wait till you get a load of the great benefits. You join now and
receive all the rights and privileges as though you were already judged
worthy. The club allows you to speak to the highest authority, who
incidentally knows everything about you and your needs, even your
thoughts, and best yet he loves you like a father.
you can contact him day or night, no matter where you might be in the
world. Through an exclusive toll-free communication network, setup for
the club members, you get the best tailor-made advice available
about anything you need to know. "Hey, that's a pretty good deal;
but, just when do I get my money?"
that's not all, not only can you call on him anytime you have a
problem, but they'll send a special emissary or even a whole army on
your behalf, if they think you need it. another great benefit,
the entire club membership will accept you like youre part of the
family... or they'll just be a friend if thats all you want.
the best club I've ever heard of, but I'm not sure I'm ready to follow a
whole bunch of rules. How much would it cost if I just went
ahead and paid the dues so I could get benefits, and I'll think
about the other for awhile. I'm pretty smart, I'm sure I can find
out when the big guy is coming so I can get ready, that way I won't
have to follow the rules and still get my $10 million."
it doesn't work that way. You can't buy a membership, and there's
no way you can know when he is coming, not even the big guy's son
do you mean? What kind of club is this anyhow?"
you what, you seem like a nice person, why don't you go to one of the
meetings, you'll be glad you did. They have a lot of fun singing
special songs. It makes you feel great. Youll probably even
look at things differently when you leave. Everybody in the club are
good people... just like you. You might even join on the spot.
would you do? Would you go to such a meeting... to check it out? Would
you join? Would
you attend all the meetings and support the organization? Would
you be a member of good standing? Would you tell others?
we appreciate the good news of the Gospel we should be bursting to tell
others... how about you?
you got me... how do we go about telling others," you say?
why I shared the two stories with you, about the Great Club and Finding
the Oasis. It can give you some ideas... But first, we want to warn you
about two of the dangers of telling others.
insensitivity, that of being so excited that you want to
tell everyone to follow suit, blurting out the words without planing
or letting Holy Spirit have His way. There was a term that was used
by many when Holy Spirit began to move here; it became
a popular phrase, "Dont pull me down your well."
seen cartoons where people get hit over the head with a Bible...they
resent it. Remember that picture... itll keep you from making a
must be sensitive of the needs of others... where they are... listen
to what they are saying. Let Holy Spirit give you both the
words and insight of how to help the person before you speak..
he will gladly lead you, providing what they need not what
you want them to have.
all remember you are only a seed spreader; only God can grow the
seeds sown. Dont take it personally if it seems you failed. You are
spreading Gods word and it will not go out void, without
accomplishing its task.
find out what it means to be a Christian read, mark, study and inwardly
digest Romans 5-8, 12, 13 and 15.
we charge around like a bull in a china shop sooner or later we will get
hurt. When we get hurt we withdraw, accepting the position of fear,
the second danger of being Gods witness.
what I said most fear was: False Events Appearing Real.
avoid these two dangers, insensitivity and fear we need to discover how
to share and what to do if they accept your invitation. Sharing
comes quite naturally if it springs from your experiences.
your prayer journal, it will help you recall the things you need. I
know when giving a teaching if you dont take notes in only 72
hours, you will have forgotten 90-95% of it. In 72 hours we forget 70%
of what we read and 50% of what we hear and read, yet we forget only 10%
of what we hear, read and do.
Develop a discipline note taking habit in your
prayer journal. I asked the book store to try to find what is called
"The 2959 Plan," a guide to communion with God... I will help
you develop a positive approach to a powerful prayer life. I strongly
suggest you find one and use it fervently.
talk about five headings to help you develop your testimony:
presence, persuasion, proclamation, power and prayer.
to Matthew 5:13-16: "You are the salt of the earth; but if
the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is
good for nothing, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by
men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck-measure, but on
a lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your
light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
of the headings, Jesus Himself calls us to establish His Presence
with a wide variety of influences, in the world, neighborhoods, and
families, never withdrawing into religious clicks or communities
that have no bearing on what is happening in the world.
was used to prevent decay in earlier days, and as many of us in Destin
know, it will keep fish edible for a long time. Yet salt like religion
must be used or else it is literally useless.
are called to teach society, not condemn it, Holy Spirit convicts to
bring about healings not division. Satan condemns to destroy...
do not condemn.
are called to get involved. If we speak out about the decay of moral
standards we must also offer the way of changing it, the reason for our
says, we are called to be lights. We
at The Gospel Truth Ministry know about being a lighthouse. But
what about each of us? Jesus says we become this light by doing
good deeds. At work people notice whether we display a continuity of
genuine love and concern towards them.
things Christians say and do are heavily scrutinized. They watch our honesty,
truthfulness, hard work, reliability, or our lack of the same or gossip
or backbiting criticisms. Even our driving habits, and what
we do when they salute with hand gesture. Let there be no mistake,
we influence hundreds of lives without a word being spoken.
you a good influence, or a closet Christian, waiting bashfully to
discover what the other person thinks before venturing a word that might
disclose what you stand for?
dont be so heavenly minded that youre no earthy good. Theres
a balance, yet be who God is calling you to be.
During the early stages of the Holy Spirits movement often we had
a priest who didnt understand what all the hullabaloo was all about.
especially didnt want to be pulled down the well.
pictured a dark and foreboding place... the well that is... while we knew
it for what it was... a great and glorious living stream of water. Some
people had a vision of a black priest... an evil one... this I
can not say... yet he left abruptly saying he could not abide in the
direction we were going. It was too much to ask he said. I do
not know where he is now... he was a nice man... maybe an honest man,
and to many a good priest. He would have been appalled at our
position. Believing as it always has... that the Bible stands as the
only true way to God and His many blessings.
do I say these things? Be who God has called you to be... and do it
4:11-12: "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets,
and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers for the
equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of
the body of Christ."
out your Christian life in the most appropriate way God leads you to,
that you may bring those assigned to you to the Lord.
are not all called to be a Mother Teresa... only that we should play
the part He gives us... if we do this we serve God, no
greater, or no less than she did. Turn
to 1 Peter 3:10-15: "Let him who means to love life and see
good days refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile.
Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue
it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears attend
to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
And, who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But
even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are
blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but
sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make defense to
every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is within
you, yet in gentleness and reverence."
use Persuasion in your testimony. That doesnt mean to argue
with anyone, far from it, you will drive away more in arguing than you
ever will by listening and in all gentleness ministering
to the needs of others.
of people have objections to Christianity. Often questions come up
about all the rules and the confusion between different denominations.
Work out the answers to common questions so you are prepared.
they ask specific questions that you truly know the answer to, do
so. But avoid direct confrontation unless so directed by Holy
Spirit, lest you do more damage than good. Every mature Christian
has horror stories about trying to argue someone into the Kingdom of
God. It usually is not what God wants us to be about.
the Book "Searching Issues" and "Questions of Life"
from the book store, both are written by Nicky Gumbel from ALPHA. They
are full of excellent information you might use when sharing Christ. Still,
no book will spell out all the questions precisely, you must apply
your life experiences before you can generally be effective in
witnessing to others.
make a public Proclamation, put them and yourself on notice..."Come
and you will see," communicating the good news to those outside
the faith. Invite
others to join you in worship, a fellowship meeting, Bible study. If you
are a new Christian sometimes this is the most effective way, yet always
inject your own personal testimony regardless to how new you are to
the Lord. It will have the most impact. There
is no greater joy than helping someone find Christ in their life.
you ever heard of Albert McMakin? Didnt
think so, yet it was he who was instrumental in bring literally
hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life across the globe.
did he do," you say?
was a nondescript 24 year old farmer who found Christ and was so
enthusiastic that he filled his truck with people and took them to a
meeting about Jesus.
year was 1934.
was one young man that Albert especially wanted to go, yet the young man
was more interested in girls, falling in and out of love as fast as he
Albert asked him to drive the truck for him, suggesting he bring along
several of his girl friends and they could use the truck during the
the young mans chagrin his girl friends wanted to go to the meeting.
Reluctantly he went too, he had nothing else to do. However, during the
meeting he became spellbound and found himself having thoughts he never
had before. He volunteered to drive Alberts truck again, and again,
until one night he too went forward to give his life to Christ.
dont get it," you say. "How was it that Albert was
instrumental in bringing hundreds of thousands to Christ?"
young friend Albert McMakin invited was non other than Billy Graham.
cant all be like Billy Graham. Yet, we can all be like Albert
Makin, and bring our friends to Jesus.
If you are able memorize or desire to use the tried and true,
"Romans Road" is a storehouse to help you lead someone to
these scriptures references down, using them in the order
given: Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12, 8; 6:23; 10:13; 10:9-10; and Revelations
more, read Acts 26, Paul gives his testimony to King
Agrippa. Study it, pattern your testimony likewise, using it as an
a story of what happened to you... when God met a need that was
critical, a healing, a joy, a triumph, something you feel Holy
Spirit has reminded you of when you are sharing Christ to someone.
Fourth element to remember in developing your testimony is, Power.
Display the power of the Gospel. Tell how through prayer, through
the gifts of the spirit, through the changes He made in your life... you
If we search we see a lot of Gods power displayed... at many
churches little is seen. Invite people to come and see, talk
about what is happening here. Let them know God is the same today
as He was yesterday.
fifth and final element is one of the most important, Prayer.
Tell them how much prayer means to you, how you pray for others, for
yourself, your family, the nation, the church, your pastor, your
company, your job... let it be known what prayer has done in your life.
How it works, God truly listens. Not always the way we
want, yet, He is always there in our hour of need. Describe what it
means to you personally.
in the spirit while you are witnessing or giving your testimony,
allowing Him to interject things from your past, scripture, things you
are amazed you say as you say them, things that come from a region deep
within your soul.
is the most important element, dont forget it... if you do you
will recognize what you have done when you walk away. A testimony, or
witness, from the flesh is mostly flat and ineffective.
Pray... Pray. Most
of us find people were praying for us when we didnt know it. A member
of the family, a friend, someone was praying, that our eyes might be
opened, that we might see the truth, that we might be saved. I
have asked you several times to start a prayer journal. While it is true many
Christians do not have one and I myself have not always written in it
like I should, I have since about 1967 kept one in one form or another;
in it I have an untold wealth of recorded answers to prayers, of
revelations from God. During times I felt so low, not knowing how God
could possibly change the circumstances or the hearts that were
involved... it gives me comfort to no end to look back on such
writings, to see how God met mine and my familys needs.
is vital that we persevere in telling others of Gods: Presence,
persuasion, proclamation, power, and prayer in our life and the many,
many people we touch.
turn to Galations 6:7-9: "Do not be deceived, God will not
be mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one
who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the
one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And
let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we
do not grow weary."
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