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To Know Christ and to Make Him Known – Philippians 3:10

AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES

images1.jpgGiving testimony to the saving power of Jesus Christ is perhaps one of the highest priveleges given to any person. How disappointing that it takes about 130 Southern Baptists one year to win one person to Christ. I’m not really picking on the Southern Baptists. They have been the standard bearer for decades in evangelism among protestant denominations. Evangelism across the board has become less of an imperative in these days of post-modernism, where everyone’s belief is valued as equal to another’s no matter how ‘whacky’ the belief system may be. It is one thing to respect another person’s belief system, but it is an entirely different matter to place equal value on something that is not of equal value. But…I digress.

My purpose for writing today is to give praise to God for ‘evangelism in simplicity’. Our oldest son, Chad, shared something the other day that reminded me that true evangelism may not be a massive program of visitation on Tuesday night each week or a large crusade at the local stadium in the summer. Rather, it may be little more than one person, who is commited to Jesus sharing him with another, who is not. Our son and his family were on spring break from school last week and decided to get out of town for a few days rest. They drove north about 4 hours to spend some time with some dear friends. Their visit was a good one with times of talking, laughing, eating, and playing. Upon returning home Chad told us that his daughter (AND OUR GRANDDAUGHTER), Hayley (age 10) informed them that her friend, whom they had just visited had been saved. He said, ‘What do you mean’? She said, ‘Mattie was saved’. Upon further questioning about the situation Chad related the following information. It seems that Hayley and Mattie, who is a first grader, were in Mattie’s room playing with dolls, when Mattie suddenly told Hayley that she had been having bad dreams. Hayley asked her if she had prayed to Jesus. Mattie asked what she meant by that and Hayley asked if she had asked Jesus to help her. Mattie again asked what she meant. Hayley said, ‘Have you asked Jesus into your heart’? Mattie said she had not. Hayley asked her if she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart. Mattie said she did. Hayley then led Mattie in the ‘sinner’s prayer’, having her repeat it phrase-by-phrase. After leading her friend to Christ Hayley told Mattie that she could now ask Jesus to help her with her bad dreams and he would send angels to help her and protect her.

Well, needless to say, Hayley’s grandparents are wonderfully proud of her. But I have been thinking about this event for a couple of days. The greater portion of Christians has no idea how to lead someone to Christ or are too embarrassed to try. Hayley loves her Lord so much and knows that he is always with her. She knows He has helped her through some difficulties and fears. To let her little friend in on such help was as natural as…well…sitting in a bedroom floor and playing with dolls. Jesus said, “…whosoever shall humble himself as this litttle child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2). Maybe the Southern Baptists (and all Christians) should take a page from Hayley’s book on being a witness for Christ.

March 20th, 2008 Posted by | Witnessing | one comment

One Response to “AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES”

  1. Wonderful story about Haley!