Most Christians are aware that the Lord wants to use them as a witness.  They are well versed in the truth of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).  Our failure to witness usually isn’t because of ignorance; it happens because of fear.  Because we don’t have a plan for sharing the gospel, we often freeze and falter.  Consider four occasions you can use as opportunities to witness.

Spontaneous Occasions

When I was in college, an older man in my church discipled me.  I remember an evangelistic lesson he taught me.  He told me to start each day with a prayer for the lost.  Since then, I’ve tried to include something like this in my morning devotional time — “Lord, send someone my way today to whom I can witness.”  It’s amazing how the Lord has answered that prayer repeatedly.  Try praying it yourself.  You’ll be shocked at the opportunities that arise.  Each day presents a plethora of people to whom we can witness.  Be on the lookout.  Use new interactions and supposed chance encounters to say something for Jesus.  Try to mention your church, your faith, your Lord to people you run into.  Work to mention Jesus to your banker, your barber, your waitress, or the lady in the checkout line.  Let the Lord use your spontaneous interactions for His glory!

Systematic Occasions

We all do things in our daily routine that can be used as springboards for gospel advancement.  I am strategic about getting my haircut.  I go to a barber shop with multiple employees.  I don’t let the same person cut my hair each time.  Why?  I want an opportunity to witness to more people.  In a similar way, I like to use my lunch breaks for evangelism.  When I go out for lunch, I usually take a small New Testament and a gospel tract with me.  I make it my aim to give them to the person who serves me my meal.  If you think about it, you’ll discover you have a multitude of ways to witness within your daily schedule.    Get creative.  Think of ways in which you can systematically share the gospel with others.

Special Occasions

Holidays, birthdays, meetings, special get-togethers, funerals, and weddings are all great opportunities for telling others about Jesus.  I once knew a woman who used Christmas as an occasion for sharing the gospel with her family.  She sent a special card to each family member.  Along with the card, she included a small gift — a Christian music CD, a gospel tract, or a devotional book.  She then spent the holidays praying that the Lord would use what she sent to make a difference in the lives of her family members.  Maybe you can think of a way to do something similar.

Scheduled Ministry Occasions

Are you a part of a ministry in your local church?  Maybe you serve in the worship ministry or go on mission trips.  Perhaps you work with children or youth.  Do you teach Sunday School?  In whatever capacity you serve, be intentional to use your platform as a pulpit for the gospel.  Share the good news!  The Bible teaches that we all have a part in helping others be made right with God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20), and we each have been given a spiritual gift for this purpose (Romans 12:6-8).  Are you using your spiritual gift so that others might come to know Christ?  If not, make a fresh commitment.

Dr. Patrick Latham
Pastor

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