Witnessing With the Right Attitude – Charles Stanley Daily Devotion (July-20-2020). To testify effectively, allow the Spirit to take over even if you feel scared or weak.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ( 1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God)
Sharing our faith is an important part of the Christian life—that is the way others come to know Jesus Christ. But how are we to communicate this good news? Often when the Lord opens a door for a spiritual conversation, we’re unsure what to say and wonder if our message will be rejected. What’s more, if the other person is a family member or coworker, we may worry that being forthright about our beliefs will strain the relationship.
When Paul came to the city of Corinth, He came “in weakness and in fear and in much trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:3). But his concern was for the people’s salvation—not for himself. He didn’t try to manipulate the Corinthians into receiving Christ as Savior, nor did he try to impress them with his knowledge and wisdom. He came in humility, fully relying on the Holy Spirit’s power to save lost souls.
That’s exactly how we should approach witnessing—by getting our mind off ourselves and trusting the Lord to use us in our fear and weakness. So let’s stop focusing on how we might be perceived or whether we’ll be rejected. Instead, remember that as we share the gospel, God will save those who are lost.