Why Should We Witness?
Have you ever asked yourself, "Why should I witness?" Several reasons should come to mind.
First, because Jesus commands you to: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," (Matt. 28:19). Also, Ezek. 3:11 says, "and go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not.
Mark 16:15. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature..."
"Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven." Matthew 10:32,33
The last thing Jesus said on earth was for us to go and witness!
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:8-9
God has given every Christian a job, a responsibility, a command. You can obey God's command, or you can disobey it. But YOUR ORDERS are still to WITNESS.
Second, you must witness because you love the unsaved (if you don't, you should). The most loving thing you can do is present the gospel in hopes of bringing others to salvation. Galatians 5:22 lists love as one of the fruit of the Spirit. It is love's nature to give. Take for example John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." Love gives, and if you have only a small portion of His love, you will want to give to others.
Third, witness because it is a wise thing to do. Prov. 11:30 says, "...he who is wise wins souls." Now, I know I am not a very wise person. But, since God says I'll be wise to win souls, or try to, then great, let me at it. I want to be wise in God's sight.
Fourth, witness to keep people out of hell. Hell is a terrifying place of utter anguish and eternal separation from God. Those who are not saved go there. Witnessing is an attempt to keep them out of hell. "8 He will give justice with blazing fire to those who don’t recognize God and don’t obey the good news of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the Lord’s presence and away from his mighty glory." (2 Thess. 1:8-9) CEB
Fifth, witness because it pleases God and brings glory to His name. Every time you share the Gospel with someone, you glorify the Name of the One who sent you. Just as a diplomat or emissary speaks with the authority of the one that sent them, the witness speaks with the awesome authority of the Almighty Creator of the universe. 2 Cor. 5:20
Sixth, witness so they may find the love and fellowship of God (1 John 1:3), the greatest of all treasures. I can think of no greater gift than salvation. It frees the sinner from sin, it delivers the lost from damnation, and it reveals the true and living God to those who don't know Him.
The angels of heaven rejoice greatly when anyone passes from judgment into salvation (Luke 15:10). Shouldn't we as Christians rejoice too? Shouldn't we weep over the lost? Shouldn't we ask the Lord of the field to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2)? Certainly! The salvation of others is the goal of your efforts. The love of God is your motive. Is there anything greater? So, give.
Seventh, It is when people hear the gospel that they are saved ‘‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth….’’ (Romans 1:16)
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