Are Christian Marriages Wasting Their Time Witnessing?

July 5, 2012

When we are praying as one in our Christian marriage we should ask God for discernment to know who we should witness to, and who we should spend time praying for instead.  We must pray that the Lord would reveal himself to them as he has to us. It is clear in John 15:16 that those who believe in Christ have been chosen by him.  16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”  The Lord already knew those who would accept and those who would reject him.

Everyone that we witness to is not going to accept Jesus as their Lord and savior.  The bible says in Matthew 7:14 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  We have to come to a point when we understand that our time would be better spent praying for them rather than talking to them about Christ. 

It would be better for us to save our witness for a time that we are approached about what we believe.  I believe Christmas is the perfect opportunity to witness to people.  Most churches are full during the holiday season with people who have enough reverence for God to attend church on this day, people whose heart would be receptive to hearing more about God.

I believe it would be better for us to pray more and talk less to those who are not saved as we realize that it is going to take God to soften their heart.  So we should pray for them and allow the holy spirit to work in them . Even Jesus  had a point in his life when he  reframed from witnessing.  In John 12:20-23 a few man wanted to see Jesus.  They spoke with the disciples and the disciples told Jesus.  Jesus response, in modern day term would be” I don’t have time for this.”  Jesus knew that these men were not interested in being saved, they just wanted to look at him.

If we pray and ask God for discernment we too will be able to distinguish between people who sincerely want to know about the Lord and those who are simply looking for a good debate about the bible.   Everyone will spend eternity somewhere, somewhere they have chosen for themselves.

In the story of the rich man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31we understand that everyone will be giving a chance to accept or reject the Lord before they pass away.  After you have witness and it is apparent that they do not care about giving their life to Christ you must pray and leave it to God to soften their heart.

Challenge:  Who have you been” witnessing” to that seems more annoyed than appreciative of what you are saying to them.  Try praying for them instead of talking to them about Christ.  

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