The Joy of Witnessing

January 29, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

If you feel strongly about something, you might want to share your thoughts and feelings with others.

When that something has to do with things such as food, art, or travel, others might show an interest, so the conversation is enjoyable. However, when that something is politics or religion, watch out! The conversation can quickly turn to debate and then to anger. That can be anything but enjoyable.

The Gospel does not always lead to joy when initially presented. Sometimes, it convicts us and makes us see the error of our ways. Other times, it seems what is asked of us is too hard and requires us to step out of our comfort zone. When Jesus spoke the truth about the Kingdom of God, not everyone cheered. That was never a reason to be silent.

Stewardship living allows us to give witness to the Gospel with few words. Our actions speak very loudly. However, no one should ever be left to wonder why you and I would choose to do the things we do. What a shame it would be if you passed away and at your funeral people commented on how great a person you were, but they had no idea you were a Christian. People need to understand the “why” of what we do. The truth is that there is great joy in being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Don’t rob others of the chance to know that joy for themselves.

—Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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