Recently, in Old Paths for Today’s Women, a Facebook Group I am an Admin of, the topic of “witnessing” came up. Here is a paraphrase of the topic:
I struggle with witnessing in general…I share scripture and my testimony but is that enough? Shouldn’t there be a ‘call to action’?
This made me think back to the early days after the Lord converted me and how much I wanted to share what He had done with anyone and everyone around me. Back in the 80’s (I’m dating myself here) there were these “Promise Box” items that you could pull out a card each day and on one side it had a Scripture verse and the other a poem or short saying. This is what I pulled out one day
If each one would win one The world would soon be won A Gospel work begun If each one would win one
When I read the struggles of my sister from FB I thought to back to when I placed a bind on my conscience; I was to tell anyone and everyone I knew, met, and passed by, the Gospel. Soon I found that I was piling guilt upon myself if I missed someone. I heard all the stories of DL Moody and Billy Graham and how they share with everyone…or so I was told. I made sure to read my bible in public in the hopes someone would ask. Walking to the subway after work my path always was directed to the area where the Jehovah’s Witnesses were and you could be sure I would stop by and have a long conversation with them trying to convince them they were wrong. After years of living under the idea that “there blood would be on my hand” if I did not witness to them, I was exhausted.
To be sure, my zeal to proclaim the Gospel has not died; rather, it’s been better directed and not longer packs a ton of guilt on my heart either. Others will tell you that I like to talk, and that is true. However, over the years I’ve learned you have to listen first. When I went back to college my major switched from counseling to apologetics because of its missionary focus. Defending the faith is part of evangelism and it helps to equip one to answer the doubts of believers and questions of unbelievers. It was a perfect fit for me.
However, it is not always a fit for every believer. My quick answer to my sister on FB was that not everyone is called to be a Paul. Not everyone is to be a Nancy. In fact, no one else was ever called to be a “Paul” but each of God’s Children is called to be whom and what they are for Him. This was further developed yesterday at the ladies bible study at church and I hope to explain it simply here.
Different Gifts. One Body.
In our discussion on the Trinity we had a little sideline conversation regarding this verse:
“But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:7 This brought to mind 1 Cor. 12, For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many are one body, so it is with Christ…God has so composed the body, giving great honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body…
Each person in the Body of Christ has gifting which He has given so that the Church is united. We are a body. Some of us are the outward parts, hands, feet, arms, fingers and toes while others are those parts which we don’t see, stomach, liver, intestines, etc. Yet, each is part of the Body of Christ and each is vital and important. Not all are called to be “beautiful feet” to share the good news overseas or even as pastor or pastor’s wife. Not everyone is called to be the hands that nurse children. Each of us is distinct and beautiful in the gifts God has called us to.