Drawing Others to God
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:5-6).
“Walk in wisdom towards them that are without” means we should be wise in our contact with non-Christians, we should make the most of every opportunity to minister or witness to them about salvation and God’s love for them. Witnessing is not always in words, but in deeds; assisting those that others may reject, saying kinds words to those you know that may not like you, but you will show loving-kindness towards them. Assisting those who may be standing in the street or standing at the bus stop asking for money, if its really a need, the Spirit of God will let you know if its a need or a scam. Working above and beyond your job duties and not complaining, but knowing that God is seeing your faithfulness towards your employer, and He will reward you when you’re employer ignores you.
In witnessing, we must use wisdom because everyone does not want to hear about Jesus or salvation, it’s not our responsibility to make people listen or accept something they don’t want. The Spirit of God will never push Himself on anyone, and we should do like-wise when witnessing. You may not be able to witness to certain individuals, but you can call out their name in prayer, and if you don’t know their name, tell God about the person you tried to witness to and they didn’t accept your witness or invitation to salvation, He will know their name, and will listen to your prayer for them.
People are watching us daily, and they can discern when we’re really living according to our profession of Christianity whether we tell them we’re Christians or not because the Spirit of God that lives within us will make a difference in us from unbelievers and religious people. God never indwells someone and doesn’t make changes to them to exemplify Him in their spirit, speech, as well as their character when they submit themselves to Him. As Christians we should always try to keep in mind, we are ambassadors of Christ, we are children of God and we should be an example of our Father.
We must be quick to hear and slow to speak and that’s whether you’re a believer or a non-believer in order to know how to give an answer. Our biggest witness will be our lifestyle and our speech. When God is living within us; not only will He makes changes on the inside, but the outside as well. Our countenance will reflect the Glory that lives within our being that separates a born-again Christian from a religious believer and a unbeliever. A believer and a religious person will accept there is a God and will accept Him as God, but will not submit themselves completely to the Word of God. They will accept different Scriptures, but they will ignore or reject Scriptures because it doesn’t line up with their will. We can’t witness our experience or relationship we have with God to others when we haven’t had an experience or relationship with God ourselves.
Sisters and brothers, what is dwelling on the inside will flow to the outside and will witness to the believer as well as the unbeliever that we’re the children of God. Children obey their parents, they submit themselves to the instructions of their parents, and their obedience will reflect to others what their parents have instilled in them. It’s the same thing with the Word of God, and His instructions. When the Word of God is in our hearts it will flow through our hearts to others, giving our speech and our behavior unconditional love which will draw the unbeliever to the Christ that lives within us.
We need to read and study the Word of God so when we’re asked a question regarding our belief, faith or the Bible we will know how to answer intelligently. We don’t debate with the Word of God nor do we push the Word of God on anyone. In order to witness to others, the Word of God must be indwelling our hearts, and that comes by reading, studying and submitting to His Word that it may come forth with power by the anointing of the Spirit of God that lives within us. It is the Spirit of the Living God that lives within us that empowers our speech when we witness, and when He uses us to witness, it will be with humbleness, love, compassion, and mercy. We should ask ourselves; are we drawing others to Christ or leading them from Him by our behavior and actions?