A woman once approached the great evangelist D. L. Moody to criticise his method of evangelism. The woman said to him, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do evangelism!”
“I agree with you. I don’t like it either. Well, Ma’am, let me ask you, how do you do it?” Moody asked.
She replied, “I don’t!”
Moody responded, “Well then, I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it!”
Why do people hesitate to share their faith?
Some of the common excuses are….
- - "I don't know what to say."
- - "I am afraid I might fail."
- - "I may not be able to give answers to their tricky questions."
- - "I am afraid I might be a hypocrite."
- - "I am afraid I might do more harm than good."
- - "I may invade someone's privacy."
Perhaps the most common fear is that of being rejected.
A survey was given to those attending training sessions for the Billy Graham crusade in Detroit. One question asked, "What is your greatest hindrance in witnessing?"
- - 9% said they were too busy to remember to do it.
- - 28% felt the lack of real information to share.
- - 12% said their own lives were not speaking as they should.
- - But 51% mentioned that their biggest problem was the fear of how the other person would react!
Once you have come to know the Lord as your Saviour, it’s important that you tell someone about it.
Our Lord commanded us to “Go and Tell” the whole world about the risen Saviour. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is given so we will be “His witnesses” in all of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and unto the ends of the earth.
There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. If you’ve been to a restaurant and have been thoroughly satisfied with the delicious meal, it’s natural that you tell someone about it.
When Andrew met Jesus, that’s what he did. He went to Simon his brother and told him “We have seen the Messiah” (John 1:40-42) Andrew was a simple, uneducated fisherman. He didn’t use a lot of vocabulary or quote several scriptures to persuade Simon. He simply told his brother what he had found. And the rest is history.
“The lost matters to God
and the lost should matter to us too.”