Bible Studies for Life Lesson for November 28- Life Worth Sharing
November 17 2010 by Catherine Painter, Raleigh speaker, author

Focal Passages: Romans 1:14-17; 9:1-3; 10:1, 14-15; 15:17-20

After accepting Christ as my Savior, years passed before I shared my faith with anyone except my children.

I would eagerly have shared a book, a recipe, or an idea. Why was I tongue-tied about sharing my faith — my most valuable possession?

Jesus commanded us to “Go, and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19-20). Research reveals that Jesus’ command to go is more accurately translated as the present participle going. Jesus virtually said, “While going, make disciples.”

The enemy had convinced me that verbalizing my faith was not necessary — that living a good life was sufficient. Then one day the Holy Spirit reminded me that since I accepted Christ, no one ever said, “I have observed your life; therefore Jesus died for my sins.”

Still I hesitated to witness verbally. Suppose I offended people? Suppose they asked questions I couldn’t answer?

To my knowledge, I’ve not yet offended anyone; and when I’m asked a question I can’t answer, I smile and say, “I don’t know the answer to that. Can I research it and get back in touch with you?” If their question is a “smoke screen,” such as, “Did Adam have a belly button?” I laugh and answer, “I don’t know, but one thing I do know — once I was spiritually blind, and now I can see,” and I continue sharing my faith.

Why didn’t my life inform people that I was a Christian? Because lives can’t talk; only lips can speak. Of course, my life should verify my speech, (walk the talk), but witnessing is a matter of show and tell.  Many non-believers live good lives and know about Christ, but knowing about Christ is far different from knowing Him.

I experienced new joy in Christ the day I chose Romans 1:16 for my signature Scripture: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes.”

Where I once saw vacationers on the beach, fans at the game, and shoppers in the mall, I now see lost people as our Lord did — like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission “to seek and to save the lost” (Lk. 19:10). He urges us to join Him. Witnessing is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.
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