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“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ - (Luke Ch 10)

“The basic meaning of this story isn’t difficult to discern. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Everyone is our neighbor and therefore we are to love one another, even sacrificially in the way that the Good Samaritan did, giving up his time, money, and energy.

We encounter people who have been beaten up, robbed, and left by the roadside for dead practically every day of our lives. These are people who the devil has grabbed a hold of and robbed the joy of life and sometimes even the will to live from them. He has beaten them up with abuse, uncaring families, and unfaithful friends. And he has stripped them of their dignity, leaving them naked in their sins.

These people left by the roadside robbed and beaten are the non-Christians. People who may have heard the gospel before, maybe not. We too often see these people- robbed, beaten, bleeding, and dying lying by the roadside in our lives. And we do the same as the priest and the Levite do, we walk to the other side of the road to avoid them.

people are not necessarily strangers that we avoid and walk away from. These are people who we work with, friends, and even family members. We hear stories about broken families, rebellious children, and miserable jobs. We hear how miserable people are or sometimes we hear stories covering up the emptiness of people’s lives.

And still we walk by, letting these beaten up people lie along the road when we are in fact the only ones who can help them. Others may have tried to help them, giving them drugs, sex, or money but it doesn’t heal their wounds. We hold the only bandage that will keep them from bleeding to death but we keep it to ourselves and walk to the other side of the road for whatever reason.


There are three parts to witnessing as I see it- your life, your prayers, and your actions. While each of these are important in witnessing and any can be effective in bringing a person to Christ, they also build on one another.

The first step in witnessing and possibly the easiest to do living your life. That is, living your life as a Christian. Christian literally means little Christ. When you take the name of Christian upon yourself and others know that you are a Christian, you not only represent yourself before others, but you represent Christ. Much can be said about living a Christ like life but there is little time to discuss it.

When others look at your life, they should see that there is something different about you than there is in the rest of the world that is not Christian. There should be something to distinguish between the wounded man lying by the road and the man who is trying to help man. This all comes down to how you live your life.

Ask yourself, do people know I’m a Christian without me needing to tell them? Do they see it in how I act? More importantly, do non-Christians see that there is something in your life that they want or even need?

Living a Christian life in public isn’t as easy as it used to be. Some people are rude and will walk over anyone who nice. Others mock Christianity as a crutch for those who are weak. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said this about Christians publicly.

Nevertheless, living a Christ like life will show others that Christianity is not the same as other religions. Not that we may feel that we have our life altogether, quite possibly we really don’t, but others will see the difference in our lives.

As the family continues to deteriorate, people are just now turning to Christians for help with their children or spouse. If you live your life as Christ would have you, people will come to you and want to know where your joy comes from. Then you tell them it comes from knowing Christ.

The second part of witnessing many wouldn’t include but I feel it is a very necessary part. That is the power of prayer. This isn’t simply offering up a short one time prayer, not that there isn’t power behind that as well, but it is the persistence of prayer. That’s why I said that living your life as Christ would might be the easiest step.

Many people have difficulty in continued prayer for someone or something. They often give up after a few weeks or maybe months when they see that God has not answered their prayer yet. It is the persistent prayer that is sometimes needed to reach lost ones. I heard of a story of a woman who prayed for her son’s salvation for over 60 years and her prayer was finally answered shortly before her death.

It is through prayer that we may reach the seemingly most unreachable people. Only when we ask God to step in and melt hard hearts will witnessing be effective in many cases. Even when a person may already be receptive to the gospel, prayer will never hurt in witnessing. There is power behind prayer and more power than we can possibly imagine when we pray, believing that God will answer.

A group of ten men had a regular Bible study in which they met. One night they were told to each come up with five people they knew that they wished but would never expect to become a Christian. The next week they came back, each with their five names. They compiled the names into a list of 50 and gave the list to each member. They were asked to pray for each person on the list by name, every day for a month. At the end of the month 30 of those 50 people these men wanted to see saved but thought would never happen had been! God answers prayer, don’t forget it!

The third part of witnessing is definitely the most difficult. It requires putting your neck out and possibly facing rejection. It requires your action. As effective as prayer is, sometimes we have to be the ones to reach out to other people and not just pray that someone else will. How foolish would it have been if the Good Samaritan had walked past the man who was robbed and said, I’ll pray for you that someone will come along and help!

Action needs to back up the way we live and the way we pray. This leaves us very vulnerable to people. It may mean that we should ask a friend, a neighbor, or coworker to come to church with us. This obviously means that they could say no and say that they do not want to have anything to do with Christianity.

Our action could place tension in a relationship. It could even mean the loss of a friend. Action can mean that we spend time and energy talking with a person about Christ and nothing ever happens because the person still doesn’t see their need for Christ as their savior.

Every time we reach out to another person, we place ourselves at risk for rejection. Like the Good Samaritan, helping this robbed, dying person will likely cost us something. But this is better than the alternative. What happens if we don’t reach out to that person and instead act as the priest and the Levite did? Will someone else come along? Maybe, maybe not?
Witnessing is not a call for those who are gifted evangelists. Witnessing is something that we are all called to do. It is not something that only people who are good at it are to do. I am not good at speaking out to other people and inviting people to church. But I know that there are times when just living a Christian life and praying for someone doesn’t bring results. Sometimes God calls for our action. We must not sit idly by while our friends, coworkers, and family members go to hell.

Now discernment must be used in this matter. I understand this. Sometimes, we may speak to a person and they want to hear nothing about Jesus. In some cases, we can do nothing more for their heart has been hardened; we are not responsible for their choices. Other times we must continue to pray that God will soften that person’s heart so that an opportunity will arise for us to speak to them.

I have friends that mock Christianity and do not understand it. They do not want to understand it either. While I still pray that God will soften their hearts that I or another person will be able to lead them to Christ, I know the decision is not mine to make. I have spoken to them about Christianity and if they do not go to heaven, it will not be because they didn’t know about it.

The church needs to rise up as witnesses to a lost and dying world. We as a congregation need to reach out to those around us who do not know Christ. It is time to stop acting like priests and Levites and walking away from those who have been left by the roadside robbed, bleeding, naked, and half dead.

We have no right to not tell others about Christ, to not invite others to church, and to succumb to fear of what may inconvenience us. There is a world out there that is going to hell and we want to sit around unable to live godly lives, unable to pray, and unable to tell others about Christ because we worry about what others may think or say.


Have we not been given a higher calling than to simply keep the joy Christ has given us to ourselves? It is time for us to start leading godly lives that show to others that the Christian life is something that they themselves want. It is time for us to get down on our knees and be praying for our family and friends who do not know the Lord. Not just praying, but praying with the conviction that God will answer our prayers, and beyond our greatest expectations. Finally we need to get out of the comfortable bubble that we so often live in and realize that we are called to action. Sometimes we are the best ones for the job and simply praying for someone doesn’t meet the need when they are lying, bleeding in front of us. As Jesus told the expert in the law, “Go and do likewise.”


by Mike Stine
 
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Shelly , Great article . You are such a blessing here ! Keep up the good work. Have you signed up to be a Moderator yet ? I hope you do ! Thanks for the truth and fire you have for our Lord ! Mike :love: :boy_hug:
 
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I concur Coconut.


Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:3-12


In the :love: of Christ JESUS, Our LORD, Yeshua :boy_hug:

Coconut said:
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ - (Luke Ch 10)

“The basic meaning of this story isn’t difficult to discern. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Everyone is our neighbor and therefore we are to love one another, even sacrificially in the way that the Good Samaritan did, giving up his time, money, and energy.

We encounter people who have been beaten up, robbed, and left by the roadside for dead practically every day of our lives. These are people who the devil has grabbed a hold of and robbed the joy of life and sometimes even the will to live from them. He has beaten them up with abuse, uncaring families, and unfaithful friends. And he has stripped them of their dignity, leaving them naked in their sins.

These people left by the roadside robbed and beaten are the non-Christians. People who may have heard the gospel before, maybe not. We too often see these people- robbed, beaten, bleeding, and dying lying by the roadside in our lives. And we do the same as the priest and the Levite do, we walk to the other side of the road to avoid them.

people are not necessarily strangers that we avoid and walk away from. These are people who we work with, friends, and even family members. We hear stories about broken families, rebellious children, and miserable jobs. We hear how miserable people are or sometimes we hear stories covering up the emptiness of people’s lives.

And still we walk by, letting these beaten up people lie along the road when we are in fact the only ones who can help them. Others may have tried to help them, giving them drugs, sex, or money but it doesn’t heal their wounds. We hold the only bandage that will keep them from bleeding to death but we keep it to ourselves and walk to the other side of the road for whatever reason.


There are three parts to witnessing as I see it- your life, your prayers, and your actions. While each of these are important in witnessing and any can be effective in bringing a person to Christ, they also build on one another.

The first step in witnessing and possibly the easiest to do living your life. That is, living your life as a Christian. Christian literally means little Christ. When you take the name of Christian upon yourself and others know that you are a Christian, you not only represent yourself before others, but you represent Christ. Much can be said about living a Christ like life but there is little time to discuss it.

When others look at your life, they should see that there is something different about you than there is in the rest of the world that is not Christian. There should be something to distinguish between the wounded man lying by the road and the man who is trying to help man. This all comes down to how you live your life.

Ask yourself, do people know I’m a Christian without me needing to tell them? Do they see it in how I act? More importantly, do non-Christians see that there is something in your life that they want or even need?

Living a Christian life in public isn’t as easy as it used to be. Some people are rude and will walk over anyone who nice. Others mock Christianity as a crutch for those who are weak. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said this about Christians publicly.

Nevertheless, living a Christ like life will show others that Christianity is not the same as other religions. Not that we may feel that we have our life altogether, quite possibly we really don’t, but others will see the difference in our lives.

As the family continues to deteriorate, people are just now turning to Christians for help with their children or spouse. If you live your life as Christ would have you, people will come to you and want to know where your joy comes from. Then you tell them it comes from knowing Christ.

The second part of witnessing many wouldn’t include but I feel it is a very necessary part. That is the power of prayer. This isn’t simply offering up a short one time prayer, not that there isn’t power behind that as well, but it is the persistence of prayer. That’s why I said that living your life as Christ would might be the easiest step.

Many people have difficulty in continued prayer for someone or something. They often give up after a few weeks or maybe months when they see that God has not answered their prayer yet. It is the persistent prayer that is sometimes needed to reach lost ones. I heard of a story of a woman who prayed for her son’s salvation for over 60 years and her prayer was finally answered shortly before her death.

It is through prayer that we may reach the seemingly most unreachable people. Only when we ask God to step in and melt hard hearts will witnessing be effective in many cases. Even when a person may already be receptive to the gospel, prayer will never hurt in witnessing. There is power behind prayer and more power than we can possibly imagine when we pray, believing that God will answer.

A group of ten men had a regular Bible study in which they met. One night they were told to each come up with five people they knew that they wished but would never expect to become a Christian. The next week they came back, each with their five names. They compiled the names into a list of 50 and gave the list to each member. They were asked to pray for each person on the list by name, every day for a month. At the end of the month 30 of those 50 people these men wanted to see saved but thought would never happen had been! God answers prayer, don’t forget it!

The third part of witnessing is definitely the most difficult. It requires putting your neck out and possibly facing rejection. It requires your action. As effective as prayer is, sometimes we have to be the ones to reach out to other people and not just pray that someone else will. How foolish would it have been if the Good Samaritan had walked past the man who was robbed and said, I’ll pray for you that someone will come along and help!

Action needs to back up the way we live and the way we pray. This leaves us very vulnerable to people. It may mean that we should ask a friend, a neighbor, or coworker to come to church with us. This obviously means that they could say no and say that they do not want to have anything to do with Christianity.

Our action could place tension in a relationship. It could even mean the loss of a friend. Action can mean that we spend time and energy talking with a person about Christ and nothing ever happens because the person still doesn’t see their need for Christ as their savior.

Every time we reach out to another person, we place ourselves at risk for rejection. Like the Good Samaritan, helping this robbed, dying person will likely cost us something. But this is better than the alternative. What happens if we don’t reach out to that person and instead act as the priest and the Levite did? Will someone else come along? Maybe, maybe not?
Witnessing is not a call for those who are gifted evangelists. Witnessing is something that we are all called to do. It is not something that only people who are good at it are to do. I am not good at speaking out to other people and inviting people to church. But I know that there are times when just living a Christian life and praying for someone doesn’t bring results. Sometimes God calls for our action. We must not sit idly by while our friends, coworkers, and family members go to hell.

Now discernment must be used in this matter. I understand this. Sometimes, we may speak to a person and they want to hear nothing about Jesus. In some cases, we can do nothing more for their heart has been hardened; we are not responsible for their choices. Other times we must continue to pray that God will soften that person’s heart so that an opportunity will arise for us to speak to them.

I have friends that mock Christianity and do not understand it. They do not want to understand it either. While I still pray that God will soften their hearts that I or another person will be able to lead them to Christ, I know the decision is not mine to make. I have spoken to them about Christianity and if they do not go to heaven, it will not be because they didn’t know about it.

The church needs to rise up as witnesses to a lost and dying world. We as a congregation need to reach out to those around us who do not know Christ. It is time to stop acting like priests and Levites and walking away from those who have been left by the roadside robbed, bleeding, naked, and half dead.

We have no right to not tell others about Christ, to not invite others to church, and to succumb to fear of what may inconvenience us. There is a world out there that is going to hell and we want to sit around unable to live godly lives, unable to pray, and unable to tell others about Christ because we worry about what others may think or say.


Have we not been given a higher calling than to simply keep the joy Christ has given us to ourselves? It is time for us to start leading godly lives that show to others that the Christian life is something that they themselves want. It is time for us to get down on our knees and be praying for our family and friends who do not know the Lord. Not just praying, but praying with the conviction that God will answer our prayers, and beyond our greatest expectations. Finally we need to get out of the comfortable bubble that we so often live in and realize that we are called to action. Sometimes we are the best ones for the job and simply praying for someone doesn’t meet the need when they are lying, bleeding in front of us. As Jesus told the expert in the law, “Go and do likewise.”


by Mike Stine
 
Administrator
Staff Member
Very nice post Shelly thanks for sharing!

God bless you
 
Member
coconut,

excellent post, had me thinking and praying on my own life, and whom at my own place of work etc i had not witnessed too, and to those who i could have witnessed better and more. i pray that the Lord will forgive my own insecurities and the times that i have failed Him. i pray that the Lord will fill me with His love and that His Spirit will dwell within and be my only guide as i walk along the road with Him.

'then the King will say to those on His right, "come, you who are blesses by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord when did we see you hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? when did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? when did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?
the King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did foe one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me".
Matthew 26:34-40

for we are all bothers and sisters in Christ, we are all part of the body of Christ, we are all called to help serve this body and to bring it together in the unity of the love He bestows upon us.

may the Lord bless us all and guide us in His ways

scrappy
 
Member
Good Post and encouraging.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
 
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