Witnessing Sample

Genesis 24:39-49

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’ 40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family. 41 You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ 45 “Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also.

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ “She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’ “Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

Introduction

You may have watched TV shows about actual court proceedings. What was it that has caught your interest, emotion or intellect? Did you agree with the judge’s verdict? How do you assess the witness’ testimony?

Are you amused when questions were raised, most answers are not relevant to the question asked? Many would just wish to express themselves.

It may not be the best example but it illustrates us of not paying much attention to the Lord’s instruction. We just want to do what we interpret.

How do we interpret Acts 1:8? 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Witnessing is a subsequent result when the Holy Spirit empowers and gives us appropriate words to say when we testify about Christ, not before.

Abraham’s servant presented a sample on how to witness. He testified that Abraham assured him that he will be successful in his journey.

1. Assure

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’ 40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family. 41 You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’

        The servant testified his assurance of successful journey, and that it’s not his concern if the woman refuses to come back with him to Canaan. He was not pressured by the result. His only concern was to obey his master’s instruction and for sure, he wished to experience successful journey.

When our Lord gave mission to make disciples and teach them to obey everything He commanded us, do you sense the pressure of it?

Listen carefully: Making disciples begins when a potential disciple listens attentively as we testify about the wonderful work of Christ in our life.

He said in John 13:20, 20Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.

The Lord implied that when contacts reject us, it’s not our problem. We should not force people to respond. It’s not our duty to convince. Leave that job to the Holy Spirit. But, we also hope to have witnessing success, ey?

Christian Teacher

A teacher invited her students into her home. Students came and had dinner with the teacher’s family. After dinner, their conversation shifted from casual to serious spiritual topic. They agreed to have weekly Bible study. And from that group, some are now serving in the ministry.

Special or ordinary gathering, intentional or random conversation, any moment could be God’s avenue to reveal potential believers that He has prepared to become Christ’s disciples. Be prayerful about it.

Keep asking the Lord to empower you with His Spirit. You will surely sense it when it’s time for you to witness for Christ.

As much as we want to convince our relatives and friends to believe and accept Christ, people respond positively because they accepted Christ. Meaning: We don’t convince anyone to believe. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job.

It’s imperative and absolutely necessary to seek the empowerment of the Holy Spirit before sharing the gospel, why?

When the Holy Spirit empowers us, we sense the fruit of the Spirit, we’ve got love, joy, peace… The fruit of the Spirit signals enthusiastic obedience. We testify spontaneously with no pressure at all. To know who, when, where to witness for Christ, we seek empowerment from Christ.

Christ reminds us in John 14:15-17, 15If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Keeping the Lord’s command is subsequent result of love, the fruit of the Spirit. It practically proves that Christ lives in us after we accepted Him as Lord and Saviour. In a sense, obeying God with gladness does originate from human will. It is a result of faith in Christ. Obedience from human will is pressure. No enthusiasm, why? “Enthusiasm” means possessed by God.

Have you sensed the pressure to obey God? Do you wish others know you love Him? Sinful nature pressures us to obey. It seduces us to prove that we love God, why? It yearns to broadcast what has been done.

When we are pressured to prove that we are obedient, or that we have eternal life, it’s the sinful nature at work. Sin lies about the Truth.

Jesus said in John 14:6, 6I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through m

Jesus is the Truth. Whatever He teaches, sinful nature opposes it. When we obey reluctantly without gladness, it’s sinful nature dictating us.

When Christ’s Spirit empowers us, we’ve got enthusiastic willingness to obey or witness for Christ. So, how can we be fully free from sinful nature?

Jesus says in John 8:31-32, 31 If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

By faith in Jesus, the truth, we were freed from the slavery of sin. To hold onto Christ’s teaching is to live a lifestyle guided by His teaching. To act upon without pressure but joyfully obey what Christ has instructed is an act of faith and practical proof that assures our freedom from sinful nature.

When the servant went to the relatives of Abraham to find a wife for Isaac and prayed to the God of Abraham it practically proves that he trusted his master’s assurance of his successful journey. Moreover, God may have revealed him what to pray for, and he acted upon it spontaneously.

2. Act

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ 45 “Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also.

The servant testified how he prayed to the God of Abraham how he would choose. He did not pray aloud for others to hear. He prayed silently in his heart. Nobody heard what qualities a woman has that he may choose.

And God must have given him the idea on how to choose someone.

He did not know who but he acted upon the idea that he prayed for.

Such is an example why we often hear preachers encouraged us about the need to be specific of our prayer request, why? Specific prayer items helps us know exactly if God has already answered our prayers or not!

Perfect Exam

One of my seminary courses required daily exam. I never got perfect exam. So I prayed, “Lord, help me study the exact topic to be given in the exam.” And, for 3 succeeding exams, I’ve got perfect score. But, on the 4th exam, I didn’t get perfect score. Perfect score made me proud of myself.

It says in James 4:3, 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Even before Abraham’s servant prayed, he had no idea where to find a wife for Isaac. He just acted naturally. He was thirsty and has to find water to drink for him and the camels. He might have seen women fetching water from the well, and he remembered his mission, that was why he prayed.

The servant prayed that the woman who would give him water and willing to water the camels will be the woman he would choose for Isaac. God answered even before he finished praying. God must have arranged the time and place where Rebekah appeared suddenly before the servant.

Should one pray similar to the servant’s prayer when praying for future partner in life? How can we be sure that God answers our prayer?

Make sure to have confidence that God would answer your prayer.

It teaches us in Hebrews 4:16, 16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Such confidence in God assures us that we trust Him. Such trust is practically proven by our enthusiastic willingness to obey Him. Does it mean that if we don’t obey God, it just practically proves that we don’t really trust that He will answer our prayers? Certainly! We trust all things He says.

Abraham’s servant had no personal agenda in mind except to obey his master. When he went to Abraham’s country of origin, it practically proved that he trusted Abraham’s assurance that he will have successful journey.

He asked for water to drink because it was just natural for travelers to get thirsty. The servant knew that God has answered his prayer when Rebekah agreed not just to give him a drink but also to water the camels.

3. Agree

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ “She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’ “Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

The servant testified how he knew for certain that Rebekah was the woman he would bring home for Isaac. He did not hesitate to give her the ring and bracelets. Spontaneously, the servant praised God. He’s confident that God Himself led him to the right path to fulfill his mission.

To make the formality and finality of his mission, the servant asked the family of Rebekah if they would agree with him to take Rebekah to Canaan. The story tells us that they agreed, and Rebekah married Isaac.

Did the servant’ testimony convince them to agree? Why did they trust a stranger? How did they know that he was telling the truth?

God Himself prepared their heart to respond positively. The testimony of the servant signaled them to respond. All things that happened in the servant’s journey were practical blessings favorable to Abraham.

Can we relate that with what Christ said in Matthew 6:33-34? 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

It appears like everything that Abraham planned including his assurance to his servant for successful journey were accomplished smoothly. God used the lifestyle of Abraham to illustrate how faith works favorably for us if we seek His righteousness to be the guiding principles of our life.

It says in Galatians 3:29, 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We can have similar blessing Abraham had if we abide in Christ. To abide in Christ is to have a lifestyle guided by His instruction. Our life lifestyle serves as practical proof of the gospel of Christ we preach. Pray that Christ’s Spirit prevail in your life.

John Fawcett

John Fawcett was a pastor of a small Baptist church in England with small salary. With growing family, he accepted an opportunity to pastor a larger church. Accordingly, he preached his farewell sermon and the congregation bid him goodbye. While they were about depart, he and his wife agreed to stay and continue to pastor the small church. The fellowship they had in that small church inspired him write the Hymn, Blest be the tie that binds

Someone said, “The strength of the church is not the strength of its institution but the authenticity of its witness.”

May the Lord keep us stay strong in our fellowship. even the midst of changing world.

It says in 2 Peter 1:3-4, 3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

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