Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I was just asked a really great question...and perhaps you also have a question about witnessing or eternal life?
Q. Don't you need to be led by the Holy Spirit to witness to somebody who needs you to tell it, or do you just go witness to any stranger anytime anywhere?
Never been asked that before. Love it.
A. I say don't wait for a feeling, believer, but go be a witness and go verbally witness in love to any stranger, family member, or friend as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Thank you for the good question (and perhaps other believers who read this might have some other Bible verses to inject below). The question makes me think about the Great Commission which as you know, shouldn't be the great omission for us believers.. and about the Great Commandment that deals with loving our neighbors..regardless of what we feel. And I know that you didn't mention feelings at all, but I've discovered many believers here in the South believe that they will always feel something every time the Spirit leads them to do anything to glorify God, and so too many here wait too long for the feeling to arrive.
Sadly, many churches here teach this kinda thing.
Now, God works in us believers both to will and to do of His good pleasure in that order, but that doesn't mean we will ever feel like washing dirty feet, or visiting a prisoner behind bars, or even the sick at their bedside etc.
Jesus our Example was of course led by the Holy Spirit as He perfectly went about witnessing for the Father and then He told His followers to go and do that.
When someone in authority over me commands me to do something good, then I want to know their timing and go do it before I feel like it. And it is wise to witness to open unbelievers and to pray for closed unbelievers..until they become more open to the things of God. But sometimes I can't discover if the stranger is open or closed to the Gospel until I start to tell them about Jesus..then I find out quickly.
Of course you and I never want to go around casting our pearls before swine or shoving truth on someone who has their palm up saying "Really don't want to hear that." Wouldn't be respectful.
Therefore in conclusion, I say go witness as the Holy Spirit leads you, rather than mere feelings lead cuz Christ said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen" (Mat. 28:19-20).. and in that context I really can't see "feel", or "goose bumps", or "Get a vision first, before you go to witness", or "a liver quiver" or even "Wait 'til you're smacked on the forehead and slain in the Spirit or 'til someone with the anointing prophesies over you first" (not at all tryin'to be funny here or say you're like that, just answering you). facebook.com/shareJesus
You've really got to visit: Kurt von Schleicher at 7:34 AM