Friday, February 27, 2009
Witnessing - It is a God-Thing!
I have learned the long and hard way, that I just invest in the heart and life of people and don't ever try to push them into church or Bible or anything else like that.
Being a Christian is truly living your life faithfully, openly, and compassionately with others….it is not about following the latest witnessing tool. God is great - just like He is. He does not need me to come up with a clever sales campaign to show people how wonderful He is. He does a fine job Himself of displaying His wonders everyday.
The best witnessing method is no method at all – it is just loving others and being involved in their life as much as they allow…I find God opens door for Himself when He and they are ready. It is quite natural.
But that comes from someone that can find something spiritual in just about any situation (I am laughing at myself)…it just never fails, I am always saying, “Well, look at that, isn’t that a God-thing!” or “Don’t rush, everything is perfect in His timing, it will be just right when it happens.” Or “I keep hearing over and over ‘You are either with me or against me’ what do you suppose that could mean?”
That latest one ‘You are either with or against me’ happen Wednesday this week.
My boys were talking in the kitchen while I was taking a nap (I haven’t felt the best this week – had some ultrasound and gi test today). They came and got me up all excited. “Mom, David was getting water in the refrigerator and walked right past the oven. When he did the door to the cabinet over the oven opened and the glass corning ware lid flew out. David jumped out of the way and the lid crashed to the floor scattering glass all over. Then the cabinet door shut…it shut on it own.” Man, were those two teen boys spooked! (They have seen enough ghost, haunting shows to know it fit that category!)
I sent them to their room to do school and started sweeping. As I swept I heard over and over “You are either with Me or against Me.” (Forgive me if you are not use to hearing God speak so openly, it becomes normal over time if you just learn to tune into His 'station'.)
So I gathered my boys together in David’s room and told them what I heard and asked them what do you suppose God was saying…We talked about it. I told them we have to be together. We can’t be standing behind one another tearing each other down. We have a real enemy. Sometimes we get to see something happen in the physical (visible) world that is usually only going on in the invisible, spiritual world. I think this cabinet door opening, a glass dish flying out and the cabinet door shutting is one of those times. So I continued, we have to be watching each others backs. We are in this together.
A few seconds later, Andrew confesses to me, “Mom, will you forgive me for talking about you behind your back.” (Note- He has never confessed for anything that he didn’t get caught red handed first in his life!) Of course I forgave, then he says to David, “David, will you forgive me for not talking nice to you earlier.” (Again, a first)
We talked a little about that being repentance, what was preached on Sunday night at our church…Godly sorrow, instead of manly sorrow of being caught. And we talked a little more about taking care of each other and praying for each other.
This is just one of the many God-occurrences in our life. I guess it is just to explain how even a glass dish cover crashing is a God-thing if you allow God to use it. This is the way God has shown me to witness. It can’t be planned by me, it just happens by Him. And I have to be ready and listening to follow God's plan for using it.
What about you? How do you witness? Do you hear God in everyday situations?