Big Rocks for Strong Christ-Followers
Today’s Big Rock: Jesus Wants Witnesses – Part II
Scripture Foundation: Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Continuing from yesterday’s devotion, I want to breakdown the Apostle Peter’s powerful words in the first part of 1 Peter 3:15:
And if someone asks about your Christian hope…
For me this makes witnessing a normal conversation rather than a memorized statement that someone is trying to push on another person.
Too often Christ-followers come off as a salespersons rather than witnesses to a truth. It is my opinion that this makes us very poor evangelists in the Kingdom of God.
All God is asking of every believer is to respond to questions with a truthful answer, not give a speech.
This being the case, then we should pray for such questions to come to us.
I believe we should have a list of people that we are fairly sure are not believers and pray for them on a daily basis.
As we pray, understand that God must act first, before we can do anything:
“For no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them to Me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” (John 6:44).
This is the verse that we believers must remember and rely on. God must draw people to Himself before anything spiritual is going to truly happen in their lives.
Once God begins this process of drawing people to Himself, they will begin to ask questions of people they trust and feel safe with.
People seldom view crusaders as safe, but witnesses are.
As I pray for the unbelievers I have on my list, I see myself as lifting these people above the crowd of millions of unbelievers and asking God to begin His work on them. I realize that may not be a Biblical concept, but it helps me to see purpose in my prayers.
Jesus tells us to pray and not give up in Luke 18:1. He would not have told us to pray if our prayers did not make a difference. Therefore, I continue to pray for unbelievers, believing that I am making a difference in their journey toward Jesus!
I hope you join me by lifting unbelievers that you know above the crowd of millions of other unbelievers, asking God to draw them to Himself.
Father, please draw the people I know to you! In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.