Telling someone about God is not the easiest thing in the world. I donâ€™t understand every single thing about Him, I mean, heâ€™s God. I canâ€™t answer you when you ask me how in the heck He was there before there ever was a beginning; my human mind canâ€™t comprehend how thatâ€™s even possible. I canâ€™t tell you why bad things happen to good people, I canâ€™t tell you why we are always at conflict with other countries when an all-powerful God could just say â€œStop being stupid” and we would all just get along. I donâ€™t have the answers to the world’s toughest questions about God, all Iâ€™ve got is faith based on the knowledge that I do have. I do know that God answers prayer, I do know that He gives me peace and strength, and I do know that before God, all I ever did was sit around, get fat off of junk food and feel sorry for myself.
I tell people about God because I want them to know Him like I know Him. I want them to know what it feels like knowing that God comforts us in the storm and protects us from harm. But how do I convey that in spoken form? How do I describe a feeling thatâ€™s unlike any other? Most of the time I fail, and then things get awkward.
â€œGod loves you. I know you may not believe in him, but he believes in you!” Cringe. Why did I say that? I used to work at a Fast Food joint, not Hallmark. She turned right around to face me and said, â€œAlisha, I donâ€™t NOT believe in God, I just donâ€™t go to church. Who told you that I was an atheist?” Ummm awkward! Whatâ€™s even is worse is the fact that I ratted on my friend and said that she did it. I really didn’t think that through, I should have had more coffee before I decided to open up my big mouth cause for the rest of that week everybody was making fun of how ignorant I was. Â Â
I had another situation where I was trying to witness to someone and I just went right along with their answers so that I could seem relatable. Big mistake. â€œYeah,” he said. â€œI just donâ€™t know if God is real or not. He could be, but he might not be. I just donâ€™t know, so I donâ€™t believe.” I told him that I was right in the same boat as him, which was a lie. I told him the cliche line of â€œtoo many things have happened to me for me to not believe,” and the cringe continued. No, my grade A witnessing skills did not make this person desperately want to give his life to The Lord. I wasn’t being truthful, I believe in God and in no way do I have any doubts. There was a time I didn’t, but not now. I donâ€™t know how I thought lying just to seem relatable would do anyone any good. Â
I haven’t mastered the arts of genius witnessing tactics, but now Iâ€™m realizing that the best way is to live by example. People are going to notice Iâ€™m different, people are going to be curious on their own, and then I can tell them what I know and be honest about what I donâ€™t know. Witnessing isn’t about obnoxiously asking them if they want to learn about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it isn’t about making people feel weird or uncomfortable, itâ€™s about leading people to God on their own terms. Let your light shine for itself, people will notice, and when they do, they will find a love like theyâ€™ve never known before.