2 Timothy 2:2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Your life is a sermon. Whether you want it to or not, the way you life exemplifies to others what God is all about based on how you seem to view Him. But there also comes a time when we must use words to share our faith with others. Our personal testimonies are a powerful witness to all God has done in our lives. But there’s more.
Not only should we share what God has done in and through us, we can and should share with others all that we’ve learned about Him. This might be through books or through the Bible itself, but it might also be what we’ve been taught through a mentor in the faith or a close friend who is a strong believer. Taking what you’ve learned and applying it is a huge part of walking in fellowship with God, but sharing it with others is a step in the direction of good fellowship with people.
Fellowship with God and fellowship with people are both products of sharing our faith and knowledge of God with those around us. We can be sure that God is all for us spreading the word about Him. We’re commissioned to go and make disciples in all the nations. Fulfilling this commission requires a great deal of witnessing, both through actions and through words.
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
What if I won’t want to be a witness for Jesus? What if I just want to belief in Him and not have to tell others anything? The reality is, whether you want to be a witness or not, you already are one. If we had seen a traffic collision take place but tried to tell the police officer that you didn’t want to be a witness, it wouldn’t matter – you already are one.
Even when you choose not to share anything out loud with anyone, the way you live your life is evidence of your faith…or lack of it. For those who don’t learn about God through church or other intentional means, your life is how they gain knowledge about Him. Sounds like a lot of responsibility doesn’t it? But it’s something every Christian is called to.
We’re the light of the world. We’re the keepers of the secret to lasting joy and hope – but the secret is for everyone. A shining city on a hill can’t be hidden, and neither can our lives. What we do and what we say show the world what we think of Jesus and we bear witness everyday. Let’s let our light shine in a way that draws others to want to know God.
1 Peter 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect
As a Christian, you have something that people are going to want. If you’re walking out your faith as a devoted follower you’ll have joy that can’t go unnoticed. People who are curious about the hope you’ve found are going to ask you what makes you different. Are you ready to give an answer?
We’ve got to be ready at all times, in season and out of season, to give a testimony bearing witness to all God’s done in our lives. Truth be told, no greater sermon exists than the testimony of someone whose life has been changed by the Savior. If you regularly take inventory of all God has done, praise Him for it and thank Him for it, you’ll be ready when someone wants to know about your Lord.
Take note of the fact that Peter took the time and effort to include a few words at the end of this passage that weren’t just thrown in there. Cautioning people to go about witnessing with gentleness and respect was intentional because it can be tempting to get defensive when someone approaches us, especially if we’re caught off guard. The more prepared we are to give testimony, the more likely we are to react with even emotions, with gentleness and respect for the person asking. What’s your story? What is God doing in your life?