On a street corner. Suits and high heels, click past the pavement floor he preaches on.
Bold one. Hollering offense, from a microphone. Of a God who saves. One who died, so grace could shine upon, those needing freedom.
Yet, no one stops. Not one listens.
Evangelism, by definition, “The spreading of a Christian gospel by preaching or person witness.”
One lady turns. Shouts. Eyes screaming. "What you are doing is noise pollution."
Horns honk in the streets of the city. People talk. Base blares from a car, with unapologetic, profane lyrics.
Pale one, walks up. Freezes at preacher’s words. Mesmerized. Caught in the truth of the double edge sword, surgically dividing, flesh and spirit.
His focus. Deep. I question if he too will yell and scream at this evangelist, taking the call to reach people, literally.
He turns to look at me. I see bland eyes. Stark, pale face. Make-up covering, what questionably appears to be a man.
His words strike me, as he addresses preacher, reading scripture.
"But, why do you believe?"
Transvestite and me. Stand. Waiting. For the reason for the hope found in the one willingly, standing on a street corner, preaching.
But, something tragic happened. There was no explanation. No testimony.
Just rote scriptures. Well-rehearsed words from what seemed to be, seminary training.
This searching; dull-eyed, cross-gendered one, starts leaving. Now, even more void of Jesus than ever.
“Do you want to know why I believe?” I plea with him.
“No”, his back shrinking in the distance. As if a door. Shut tight. Now has no entrance.
In developed nations, we are not ignorant of religion. However, what separates worldly gods from the one true, living God, bringing real peace, true freedom?
Scripture tells us, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason for the hope that is in you”? 1 Peter 3:15
The Bible gives many examples of believers who, as a result of encountering Jesus, shared their personal testimony. (i.e. Acts 2, John 4:1-42, Mark 1:40-45)
But, how do you share your testimony?
1) Focus on Christ, not self. Some evangelists minimize personal testimony. However, Scripture claims, the enemy is slain by the blood of the lamb, and the word of our testimony.
We must share both, as long as He remains the hero of our story.
2) Let Christ lead. Remember when I tried to share my testimony with the transvestite? He wasn’t willing to listen. The door was closed to witness to him.
In China recently, I shared hesitantly as God led, a small testimony of our fostering experience. God used it for His glory. When He leads, we look not to our “feelings”. We share out of obedience, not fear or our own insecurities.
3) Share with God’s heart. Testimony is not shared because it’s “one-more-thing-to-do” as a Christian. It is shared because we love others, and we love God. Remember Jonah? He shared with the Ninevites, yet ended up angry. He had the wrong heart. On the contrary, the healed leper was told by Jesus not to share. Yet, as a result of his overwhelming joy, he couldn’t help but speak of the good things God had done! When God leads with His heart, being the center of our testimony, we cannot help but respond as His mouthpiece, out of love for Him.
Regardless of how big or small your testimony is…There is someone somewhere needing to hear what God has done in your life.
What will you say the next time someone asks you… “But, why do you believe?”
Though born, raised, and still living only miles from where she grew up, Jen's heart lies in the nations. Jen loves the beautiful tapestry found in the wide diversity of people, different cultures, and all nations. Jen and her husband have been married twenty years, and have parented twelve children; ten foster, one adopted, and two bios. Her multi-racial family reflects her passion for unity, desire for faith without walls, and missional mindset to share both the gospel and the power of redemption to a world so desperate for the hope found in Jesus Christ. Jen and her husband have led in a variety of ministries; including prayer, small groups, children's, and women's. Jen continues to cling to faith that the local church is God's vehicle to reach the nations. You can find Jen writing about faith and challenging her readers at her blog,Rich Faith Rising. As well as at tweeting faith-filled messages @Jen_Avellaneda . Also, on facebook.
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