“Now thanks be to God, which [ALWAYS] causes us to triumphant in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour (not Saviour but savour) of His knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, AND IN THEM THAT PERISH: To the one we are a savour of death unto death; and the the other the savour of life unto life.” (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)
I remember years ago listening to a Christ-ian radio program called “Unshackled.” It was/is a produced every Saturday at Pacific Garden Mission. One could visit Pacific Garden on Saturdays for a tour, a fine supper, a Scriptural Message from the Bible, and then one could watch “Unshackled” being produced. It is a Saturday well spend.
The subject of the episode I refer to was about a newer convert who was attending a local Bible school. In this episode, the young convert was struggling with his concept of “Soul winning” . The young convert went to the president of this college who was also a pastor of a large church. The young Christ-ian expressed his concern of not seeing others come to Christ. The president and pastor began by telling this young man that “the reason(s) for his failures”….. The reasons for his failure(s).
You see the pastor saw “soul winning” as a human endevour. How else could the young man be at fault? It was unfortunate that this school viewed our witnessing as mostly human. It is unfortunate that 2 Cor. 2:14-17 was not understood properly for it tells us that we are triumphant if “we are not as many, which corrupt the [W]ord of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ (v.17). In other words, 1. when we share Christ, we do it acknowledging to God that we are aware that we do so in His Presence, 2. if we do so in the stead of Christ or in the place of Christ or in the person of Christ, 3. if we handle the Word with honesty and integrity…not washing it down or being deceitful in order to “win a soul”, 4. if we remember that we will be triumphant regardless of the outcome of our witness then all is well for the outcome is in the Hands of God.
Things to remember when sharing Christ: 1. There is always hope for anyone even if they are in a seeming vegetative state. In Scripture the deaf heard Christ as did those that appeared dead and were dead. There is never a limit to the power of God. 2. We want to be careful that the person we are speaking with understands that we are not talking about changing denominations. They must understand that we speak not about converting to our “religion” and going to our church for that will close a person’s mind, humanly speaking. 3. We are seeking to convert them to Christ. God will attend the rest as to life changes. 4. Do not suppose that a lack of a positive or negative response means they are not hearing you. 5. A witness does not always need to speak to Calvary and the empty tomb especially if they are familiar. Sometimes the best witness is saying grace at the table, simply saying things like, “God has been so good to me” and then explain why. A welled hummed hymn that is familiar to many like “Amazing Grace” goes along way. 6. Letting your love for Christ is big in terms of a witness. 7. Remember this too, Scripture speaks of being a witness and not so much about witnessing. 8. In the Greek the word witness means one who has died. Paul has said more than once as did the Christ, our Lord that we are to “die to self” and to “die daily.” We are to”take up our cross, deny self and follow Christ.” All these admonitions speak to the self being crucified so that the Christ can live freely in us, Galatians 2:20. We become true witnesses only when we be crucified with Him. 9. Do not ever think that you are running out of time do to a person’s age or health condition. God is sovereign over the old and the infirm. 10. Remember that after you have given a witness and you leave the person God may still be at work. 11. Speak often of the love of Christ, the goodness of Christ, the power of Christ and that He is coming again. 12. A “tactic” I used at times is to speak to the person as if they are saved. Speak about the deeper things of God and His Word, and ask their opinion on questions that are Scriptural. The reason I use this is so that they, themselves are face with the reality that they know not God, His Christ, or His Word. In this they in away witness against themselves. 13. I is God and God Alone that will or will not open the ear for them to hears. 14. Always pray before sharing Christ and after. This is probably one of the great mistakes we make, humanly speaking.
Beloved, there is no failing for the Christ-ian witness, for God causes you to triumph always. To some you will be a witness against them and to others a witness for them but whatever the outcome you are victorious.
In closing I draw your attention the John 3. In this passage Christ tell Nicodemus to, “Marvel not for the wind bloweth where it listeth.” In other words, the Spirit of God does as He is pleased to do and due this we should not marvel or worry about time, health, or our ability to witness “properly” or to worry about “failing” for the Spirit will do as He wills. He will blow upon whom He wills, when He wills, as hard as He wills, and for as long a time as He wills. Christ also says clearly in John 5 That He is like His Father. He like His father will give life as He wills or wants to. To get the full sense of the willingness of God one must consider the negative aspect and that is God’s willing not to… With let being said one should not feel overly responsible as no one will depart this life and enter in to their eternity because of you. As it was at creation so it is now…only God can call for light and there be light.
I hope this helps.