Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Saturday, March 12 Read Matthew 28:16-20

ďGo, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Ē Matthew 28:18-20

Witnessing by Example

These were Jesus' final instructions to us as he ascended into heaven. He lives in us yet. If we call ourselves Christians, we are charged with fulfilling his instructions. This may conflict with what is comfortable for us individually, but then he didnít instruct us to get comfortable.

Witnessing is one way of fulfilling our directive of winning souls for Christ. But unless your opinion is invited, most people will tune out your sermon about Jesus. You will not win souls by argument or debate. Your life and the way you live it is a far better witness. Effective witness occurs when you can reach out to someone in their time of need. You may or may not see the results of your witness.

Two years ago in November, our son brought a homeless couple to our house. I donít know how he became acquainted with them, but they were staying in an old metal shed near the north end of the Newton Airport. They explained how they were plagued with rats and had to carry water from town. They had no automobile and no jobs. My wife and I looked at each other in horror, understanding how cruel Kansas winters can be. We could both visualize the headline: Bodies found frozen.

At that time, we had a home south of Newton that we had been trying to sell for four years. To keep a vacant house from rapidly deteriorating, you must maintain a minimum temperature inside. We offered the couple the opportunity to live in that house during the winter with the provision they keep it up. We and other family members provided pots, pans, dishes and bed linens as well as furniture. They were able to get work close by and provide for themselves. In the spring, they packed their meager belongings and moved to western Kansas near family.

We donít always have the opportunity to witness our Christianity in such a manner, but when the opportunity exists, Christ tells us to take it.

Richard McDiffett

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