Circumstances should not and do not dictate our willingness to be vessels
through which God works. Because God brings everyone to Himself in accordance
with His perfect will, not every encounter that an on mission
Christian has will end in the nonbeliever accepting Christ.
However, as instruments, we should always be in tune
to Gods leading. Imagine a wise, older gentleman playing his harmonica while
gazing toward the light. The act of evangelism is a process, and the One who
initiates that process knows exactly what instrument should be played at which
time. As Christians, our job is to be ready to be utilized in the symphony of
This is evident in Pauls teachings as he addressed the early church on being
ready as witnesses to God:
God is the One Who is at work in the lives of every lost person (John
God is not willing that any perish and is actively at work in the lives of
the people around us (2 Peter 3:9). This Truth governed the life of Jesus (John
5:17, 19, 20).
God Himself will assist us as we bear witness to Him (not for Him),
for no one will ever come to Jesus (be drawn to Him) unless the Father draws
him and teaches him (John 6:44, 45, 65).
The one who comes to Jesus, by the activity of the Father, will not be
turned away. Hear carefully what Jesus said: All that the Father gives Me
will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out
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Paul knew these Truths and could say with confidence, Behold, now is the
acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
The key to bearing witness to God is not the hearer or the circumstances or
the culture. The key is God Himself and our relationship to Him. Knowing that
God is always at work around me, I am always looking to see where is His
Presence so I can respond immediately.
Once I was counseling a married couple, and the man was not a Christian. As
I began to share the importance of Jesus, especially in a marriage, I noticed
there were tears in his eyes. I asked if he sensed a drawing in his life to
Jesus, a desire to place his trust in Him. He said he did, but that he didnt
understand it all. I then pointed him to scriptures and assured him that no one
would be drawn to Jesus unless the Father was both drawing and teaching him. I
assured him from scripture that if he would turn his life toward Jesus in
repentance and faith, Jesus would receive him, save him and make him His
He immediately prayed with me, received Jesus Christ, was saved, and the
subsequent marriage was a glorious experience for him, their families and their
In witnessing, we do remain exceedingly sensitivesensitive to what God is
doing in their livesso we may respond immediately. In the case of this
counseling, I was used by God to bring the work of the Holy Spirit to fruition,
because I was sensitive to His work in this mans life.
He made us to know Him, hear Him, understand Him and respond to Him. He has
asked that each of us knows Him so thoroughly that we have something about Him
to which we constantly and spontaneously can be bearing witness. When we do,
with each of those He places around us, God will be at work, helping them to
understand, drawing them to His Son, convicting them of their sin by the Holy
Spirit and working in and through each of us who knows Him to bring them to
faith in Christ.
The author of Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby is president of
Henry Blackaby Ministries. Visit www.henryblackaby.com for more information. Bible
references are from The New King James Version.
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