Question: Do you ever feel like not witnessing?
One Friday night I decided to go witnessing with a couple of friends from church and we invited someone new to come along with us. When Jessica walked into my house she looked like she had seen a ghost. She was really uncomfortable. I thought maybe my house had a foul smell or that maybe something green was stuck in my teeth. "Maybe she just had a bad day", I concluded. I found after our evangelism night that she was absolutely terrified to share the gospel, which surprised me since she seemed like such a confident person. Then more information came out. When she received our text message inviting her to come along with us to share the Gospel she was totally overcome with fear. That same day she had some bad news come in regarding her job too. Talk about a double whammy! During the car ride to the mall you could tell she was off kilter. She quietly followed us around the mall observing our encounters with people. Towards the end of our time there, I nudged her to pass out a tract. She did it with flying colors and said, “Wow…that wasn’t too bad.” On the car ride back home, we sat in the back seat together and her entire countenance had changed. Her face was brighter and she looked over at me with a smile and said, “It was the best thing that I could've done tonight.”
Many times I feel that way. The words of Mark Spence (Dean of the Biblical School of Evangelism) aptly describe what the evangelism experience can be like, “When we go to share our faith, we leave dragging our heels, but we come home clicking them.”
The next time you have an “excuse” not to share the Gospel read Act 27 and 28. That should help put your perspective right.