Hope everyone’s had a good day today and have continued to stay blessed.
I wanted to write a quick story, as it has been something that I have actually held against myself for years, but finally I’ve let go of it and taken it as a lesson. So I thought I’d share it with you.
Just before I start, wanted to say a definition that may be new to some of you guys.
𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐂𝐇: mostly done in groups. Reaching out to the community and spreading the word of God.
𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐆: talking to someone about God, Jesus and what it means to be saved.
Do not be ashamed, then, of witnessing for Our Lord …
– 2 Timothy 1:8 (GNB)
A few years ago my church was outreaching in Nottingham and I found myself in my first discussion with 3 Muslim guys about Jesus and whether he was the Son of God or not.
“𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙛. 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩? 𝙅𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙨 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙂𝙤𝙙.”.
As a newly saved Christian, I didn’t have all of the answers but tried to explain as much as I could with what I already knew and scrambled for scriptures. The conversation got a tad heated between one of the guys and one of the ladies I was with so our friend had to remove us from the conversation.
I left the conversation feeling defeated because I couldn’t find a scripture quick enough to show them the proof they insisted in having. I didn’t have enough confidence to keep the conversation going between me and the men by myself, even though I felt like I was finally finding my feet in the conversation. Plus, I didn’t even know where in the bible it was but I knew it was in there.
I felt like I had let God down but not trying hard enough, or letting my lack of confidence get the best of me and allowed myself to lose three souls in a space of 15 minutes.
But with everything there will always be something to take away. So here are three things this experience taught me:
𝟏. 𝐊𝐄𝐄𝐏 𝐈𝐓 𝐂𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐋: Even if one party starts to become a bit heated. Firstly, you need to make sure that said party isn’t you, and secondly, keep your cool because if 𝐘𝐎𝐔 walk away heated that persons view on God 𝐖𝐈𝐋𝐋 become more distorted, which then pushes them away from God even more.
𝟐. 𝐔𝐒𝐄 𝐖𝐈𝐒𝐃𝐎𝐌: Like our friend. He saw that both parties were getting too heated. Unsure of whether the male party would become aggressive or not, as he was already becoming a tad handsy, he removed us from the situation. He used 𝐖𝐈𝐒𝐃𝐎𝐌 to ensure that we were safe.
𝟑. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐁𝐄 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐃: We are always learning more and more about God each time we read our bibles, attend church, bible studies etc. Don’t be afraid to bring out your phone to google scriptures either, it’s not a weakness. If anything it shows physical proof! Don’t let the not knowing discourage you. If anything you should be 𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐄𝐃 because next time you know you’ll probably know what to do a little bit better. It’s a form of practice, learn each time.
I know this because even though I felt useless afterwards, I was reminded that God said it with His own voice.
When Jesus was getting baptised, God made it known to everyone present, to all who witnessed the baptism, that Jesus 𝐖𝐀𝐒 His Son and he was 𝐏𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐄𝐃!
I know that there are many scriptures where Jesus says that he is the Son of God, but this one is one we’ll all remember because it’s taught to us in schools from young, a story most of us will know.
Then a voice said from HEAVEN “This is my OWN dear Son, with whom I am PLEASED”
– Matthew 3:17 (GNB)
So if you feel like you’re in the same situation you can remember those three tips. And if you ever get the same question I did, tell them “𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐇𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐇𝐞 𝐢𝐬”.
I hope this helped you and encouraged you the next time you are on outreach and find yourself witnessing to someone.
Stay safe, stay blessed
That’s all she wrote …