Why don’t we witness more?
I’ve been thinking about this as the teaching team at our church preaches through the book of Acts in a series entitled, “We Are Witnesses.”
Some might say it’s because we aren’t “equipped” to know what to say. We haven’t received enough training in apologetics or theology to answer people’s questions and objections. But I’m not sure this is the right understanding of witnessing.
I believe witnessing is more than just presenting propositional truth; it is proclaiming personal transformation. The former focuses on the preparing the “right” “answers.” The latter is about testifying to the power we have personally experienced as a result of Christ’s redemptive work in our lives. This type of witnessing is far more compelling and really requires no special training. (“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15)
Could it be that we don’t witness more because we haven’t experienced this power in our lives, and therefore have nothing to bear witness to? Maybe we have gotten so good at controlling life, at making it easy and safe, that we have shut out the power of the Spirit. We don’t know what to say because we haven’t seen anything worth talking about. But if we’ve really experienced transformation — if we are “eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16) — I believe we’ll want to tell everyone we meet.
What have you witnessed lately that is worth witnessing about?