Customized Witnessing

         My husband James and I have taken a liking to the television competition America’s Got Talent. People from all over the United States and its territories perform, hoping to be judged as the most talented act of the season. The prize is a million dollars and a contract for a Las Vegas show. There are singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, artists, and musicians; as well as novelty acts like stunt bicycle riders, animal acts, gymnasts, and even a guy who gets shot out of a cannon. As the field thins to the semifinal and final rounds, James and I often wonder how some acts we really liked were eliminated and others we thought were not as good got through. We came to the conclusion that thankfully, there are a variety of people in the world, and the different tastes in what makes something entertaining is part of what makes life interesting.

          The same is true in every facet of life. Different people are moved by different means. When it comes to witnessing to others of the reality of God and the need for a Savior, various means must be employed to get the point across to various types of people. Jude 1:22-23 explains this concept. Jesus’ little brother says that when you are approaching people to let them know the good news of the Gospel, “…on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (NKJ). The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible makes those verses a little more clear. “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear– hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” But I think I like best the rendering in the New Living Translation (NLT). It reads, “And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others,but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”

          Clearly, it’s necessary to be a witness, to share our faith with others, compelling them to get to know Jesus Christ in the pardon of their sins. It’s also clear that various means must be utilized for different people, depending upon the attitude of their hearts. With some, we can take time and explain things. With others, we can be more direct. And we must cautiously approach others whose sins are viral and could be contagious if we’re not wary and shrewd concerning our relationship with them.

           Yes, witness, but be sure to care enough about each person to use customized witnessing strategies.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on July 25, 2012.

4 Responses to “Customized Witnessing”

  1. Good word, Sharon! Keep up the good witness! You rock! : )

  2. I am going to remember those verses from Jude. I’ve never thought about them that way before. Thanks for clearing them up for me!!

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