And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15)
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. (Ps 96:3)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Mt 24:14)
The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 that the Lord is not willing that any should perish. Jesus obediently fulfilled His assignment to the fullest, and has purchased our salvation. We are instructed by the Scriptures to share our Good News with others!
We don’t need to embark on a mission field in some far-flung country to do this. We’re called to be witnesses of God’s goodness right where we are! We may do that in a variety of ways: by serving our neighbors through acts of kindness and mercy; by being helpful and considerate; by sending a card, making a meal, or visiting someone who is not feeling well. God has made us to be creative, and every individual can think of creative ways to be a light in this world—thereby bringing glory to God.
Sharing the Good News isn’t about preaching at someone or beating them over the head with verses from the Bible. It’s not about condemnation, but love. It’s about lovingly reaching out to those we know, and interacting with them in ways that are meaningful to them. And while we’re doing that, we take opportunities to share our own life experiences with them. We may quote a succinct Scripture to support a comment, or share a brief testimony of answered prayer.
Being an effective witness for the Kingdom of God means connecting with our friends and neighbors during good and bad times. (Eccl 3:4) As a witness, we should also strive to be a good citizen and neighbor—a good example. (2 Cor 5:20) We need to speak from our hearts, and show respect and sympathy towards others.
Witnessing means being genuine with our friends and neighbors, and even admitting when we may be struggling with something. (2 Tim 1:8) As we are open with others and allow them to see God resolve our circumstances for us, our life becomes a window into how the Kingdom of God operates. This style of candid testimony affirms our authenticity. Other people can sense how deeply we honor Christ and value our relationship with Him as they see us trust Him to work out the difficulties that we encounter in life. (1 Pet 3:15)
As we live this way, the Lord will faithfully open the ears, minds, and hearts of those with whom we interact. He will allow others to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, and His Spirit will then be able to move upon them to minister to them.
All we need to understand is that the Lord will draw the unsaved to Himself through us—if we’ll cooperate with Him. Praise God!