Have you ever tried to witness to an unbeliever, but no matter how brilliant you were, or how logical your arguments, they wanted nothing to do with it? Today we’re taking a hard look in the mirror at the reasons why our witnessing often fails.
Acts 1:8 | But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We’re not operating in the power of the Holy Spirit, but trying to do it ourselves
John 15: 5 | I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Matthew 10: 16 |“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
We don’t care about, or at least are not listening to, the unbeliever.
What is our motive? “notch in the belt”, sharing how smart we are or how wretchedly depraved they are? PRIDE or doing it out of obligation instead of love (Calvinists, legalism) We’re impatient when they give objections or arguments, or seem disinterested
We don’t stop to think WHY they are an unbeliever. Have they really never heard the gospel? Have they bought into Universalism? (all paths lead to heaven as long as you are basically “good” and are spiritual) Have they bought into the “good-to-go-because-I’m-a-_______” lie? Infant baptism, catechism and confirmation, or belonging to a particular religion or denomination lead us to believe there is nothing more we need to do
The root cause behind unbelief is they don’t want to believe an almighty God who judges us exists. That “crimps our style”, making us live differently than our flesh wants to live.
Nancy’s testimony | The insanity of telling God to His face “I don’t believe in You.” I know all thru my 20 yrs away from Him that He was real, but wanted to pretend He wasn’t so I could live as a hedonist.