|The Work of a Witness|
Work Matters (6)
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
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The Apostle Paul referred to the task of evangelizing the lost as “work” (2 Tim. 4:5). Here is yet another aspect of the work we’ve been given to do, and we can be certain that, like all those we have consider thus far, this aspect matters to God as well.
The work we’ve been given to do includes the work of evangelizing the lost; and we must not neglect this important aspect of what God has given us for the purpose of blessing our neighbors and bringing glory to His Name. Pray, friends, that God will raise up laborers for the harvest, and pray every day that you will be one of them.
What is involved in the work of evangelism? Jesus said that we must first be witnesses before the power of the Spirit in us will be able to proclaim a convincing message through us (Acts 1:8). But if we are working hard at our sanctification, at the work of the cross, and at the work of stewardship and our job, it will begin to be clear to the people who see us each day that we live a different kind of life than they do.
Peter says that, when we have established Christ as Lord in our hearts, and are doing our work in the hope of glorifying Him and living in His glory, others will notice. More than that, they’ll experience the touch of God’s grace and truth through the work we do with and for them. Then they’ll want to understand what makes us different. Out of the context of credible and compelling lives we will then be able to declare the Good News of Christ and His Kingdom (1 Pet. 3:15).
For this we will need to practice our own testimony of how God and His grace have worked in our lives. Just as Paul returned to his testimony over and over, explaining the various ways that God had changed his life by grace through faith, so we should continuously review and update and employ our testimony in giving a reason for the hope that is within us to all who want to know.
But we must also know the Gospel and be able to explain how the work of Jesus Christ redeems us from sin and establishes us in a new Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy. And we’ll need to be ready to defend that assertion against whatever objections, doubts, or questions may confront us.
The work of evangelizing the lost is inseparable from all the work we’ve been given to do; we must engage it consistently, expecting that God will give us the words we need to enable those He is calling to find their way to Him. Every day the fields are ripe unto the harvest, and every day we go forth, either as faithful laborers for the harvest or as disobedient workers in this important area of our calling as believers. May the work of evangelism matter as much to us as it does to the Lord – and as it can to our lost neighbors.
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