In 2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:2 Paul describes believers as new creations (or creatures) in Christ who are given the ministry of reconciliation, the process of restoring friendship or harmony where separation or enmity exists. As ministers of reconciliation we are ambassadors for Jesus Christ, and this is a responsibility of all Christians, not just members of “the clergy.” An ambassador’s primary duty is to carry a message, to deliver that message to a chosen recipient. The ambassador is not responsible for what the recipient does with or about that message.
Over the years I have heard many people claim they just can’t witness to others. They have a variety of reasons, but usually they all involve some sort of fear. But have you ever thought about just telling others your story when the opportunity arises? Each of us has a story to tell – what it was like before we were saved (all have sinned . . . ), what happened to bring us into that relationship (we all have a “Damascus Road” experience of some sort), and what it is like since then (how joy and peace manifest in our lives).
You may never be called to speak from a pulpit, but each of us is called to share our story. The shorter the story, the better, but be sure to cover the three basic points. You will probably be surprised how well it is received by the listener when you’ve shared it in general conversation. The Holy Spirit will prompt and guide you if you are willing. Carry the message of His love, mercy and grace as it has worked in and for you. You don’t need to add excitement or glamor; just be you, the one GOD called to tell your story. Keep it simple, somehow.