by Cherrilynn Bisbano
And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.’ Mark 16:15-16 NLT
I thought it was my responsibility to save people.
“If a house was burning you would run in and save the person—you have to tell everyone about Jesus, or they will go to Hell.” – Evangelist
I believed what I was told, so I walked around in fear—invading the privacy of anyone who came near. I memorized the Bible verses from the Romans Road to salvation, so I’d always be ready.
My friends and I knocked on complete stranger’s doors to impart our wisdom if they let us. My nose still hurts from all the doors slammed in my face.
My friend Karen and I looked for people to witness to one Halloween night. We were in Karen’s car as we approached a group of teens trick or treating.
“Do you know Jesus?” we said.
“I do, but I don’t know you!” One boy responded as he walked away with all but one teen.
“If you were to die tonight, would you go to Heaven?” Karen asked the remaining girl.
Her eyes widened, and her scream echoed throughout the neighborhood as she ran.
We were so scared, we drove off and hid in a parking lot for over an hour. We heard sirens in the distance and thought the cops were after us.
What were we thinking approaching teens on Halloween? That girl probably thought we were going to kill her. Our exuberance overshadowed wisdom.
I had to rethink my witnessing approach.
But I did not want anyone to be condemned, so I had to tell them. Right?
I forgot God’s number one commandment. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mathew 22:37-38 ESV).
My witnessing tactics were the opposite of love. In fact, I often felt prideful and kept a count of people I approached.
I repented and asked God for wisdom.
Paul the Apostle states: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service” (1Corinthians 3:6-9 NIV)
Peace replaced my fear. We are co-workers with Christ. We have the honor and privilege to serve and join Him in expanding the Kingdom.
I’ve since found a balance. I listen to the Spirit—He guides me to those who need a word of encouragement, and the Romans Road Bible verses are still etched on my heart for those ready to receive the free gift of eternal life.
God does command us to tell others about Jesus, however, people will not go to hell because we don’t witness to them—we just lose the joy and reward of being used by God to further His kingdom.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer in both fiction and non-fiction. She is a coach, ghostwriter, editor, and speaker. She is honored to be a member of AWSA.You can find her published in several online magazines and blogs along with books. Her latest book, Shine Don’t Whine, released in October 2020. Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard. She lives with her son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 22 years. Cherrilynn loves Christ, Chocolate, coffee, and Cats. You will often find her on the beach sea glass hunting.
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