When you witness, you tell your God story. You share how you have “witnessed” God in action. When you share your story with someone else, you are witnessing.
- You are simply telling your story.
- However, you are also saying, from personal experience, you believe that God is “alive and well.”
- You are saying, “God works in our world today.”
- That is what people want to hear:
- Not “Is Christianity true?”
- But, “Does Christianity work?”
If you share Christianity from an academic point of view, nonbelievers can debate:
- “How do you know it’s true?”
- “That may be true for you, but it isn’t true for me.”
- “That’s what that book says, but there are many other books.”
But who, (with whom you have a relationship), is going to debate what you report about how God acted in your life?
- Most Christians want to go the academic route: chapter and verse, point 1, 2, 3.
- But Jesus tells you to go the experiential route: “This happened to me.”
- That’s why Jesus said, “You will be witnesses,” eyewitnesses of how God has changed your life.
Reverse your tendency to go (1) academic facts, Bible knowledge, and (2) move toward how God has made a difference in your life.
Begin, (1) “This works for me, I was there, it happened to me.” Later, (2) “Want to learn more? Let’s look at the book about what it says concerning this God who makes a difference in my life. It’s called the Bible.”
That second part, (2), may come much, much later!
What God has done in your life: that’s what gets their attention!