I Witness Testimony

I was sitting in one of my favorite places eating breakfast and working on a project on my laptop computer. A woman walked by, looked at my computer, then asked if I was able to access the internet. I said, “No, they don”t have any Wi-Fi internet access here.”
“What are you working on?” she asked.
“Well, I’m actually writing a book.”
“What do you write about?”
“I write all about how God wants to have a relationship with us,” I responded with a smile.
She rolled her eyes and then said in a matter-of-fact manner, “Well, I don’t believe you can have a relationship with God. I don’t even believe there is a God. But if there is, He certainly isn’t personal.” She waited to see what I would say to her strong words. She was so certain, almost dismissing me with her beliefs.
I couldn’t help what I said next. I just smiled, looked into her eyes, and said, “Well you’re wrong. He created you, He loves you, and He wants to have a relationship with you.”
She said, “I just don’t believe it.”
“Let me ask you something. What if what you’ve believed all this time is wrong? What if there is a God? And what if He is personal? What if He really does love you and wants to have a relationship with you?” I could see the wheels turning in her mind as she contemplated the reality of God.
Then she looked at me, smiled, and said, “Well that’s why you’re the author and that’s why you write books.” Then she walked away. I’m believing that God touched that woman’s heart and that in the quiet moments she will think about the Lord and contemplate the possibility that He loves her.

Tell Someone About Jesus

Many years ago, the Lord ignited my heart with the excitement of sharing my faith with others. I remember the day Leann, staff member of Campus Crusade For Christ said, “Catherine, now it’s your turn to tell someone about Jesus. We’re going to take a walk across the campus and the Lord is going to lead us to someone we can talk to about Him.” My heart began to pound – I was nervous and excited at the same time. We walked up to a girl sitting on a bench near the quad. I did as Leann had taught me.
“Hi, my name is Catherine and this is Leann. We’re taking a survey about God and sharing four spiritual laws on how to have a relationship with God. Do you have time? Would you be interested?”
“Yes, I’ve got time,” she said.
I was shocked. I expected a huge rejection. But instead, she listened and responded thoughtfully to the questions on the survey. She was searching for answers. I shared from the Four Spiritual Laws, a booklet outlining the plan of salvation. I asked, “Would you like to receive Christ and establish a relationship with the Lord?”
“Well, I’m interested but I don’t think I’m ready. I want to think about it. Could I have that booklet to take home and read myself?”
I said, “Yes, of course.”
As Leann and I walked away, I remember saying something like, “Leann, that was so exciting. I loved it. It wasn’t difficult at all.” Those days were the beginning of the exciting adventure of following the Lord as He has led me into unique situations where I’ve had the opportunity to tell people, one after another, about God’s amazing grace.

Amazing Grace

One of the most important truths I share is found in Ephesians.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

I think grace is probably what astounds most people. They say, “Why would God want to give me forgiveness of sins and eternal life? How could He give me so much after all I’ve done?” Sharing the truth of the gospel is sharing God’s grace – His love, Jesus’ payment for our sins by dying on the cross, and the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Sharing grace is what makes sharing my faith so incredibly exciting. Basically, when we tell someone about Jesus we are an ambassador for Christ, and we are offering the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. That’s what grace is all about. It’s like a cup of cool water on hot day. It’s like springs of life-giving refreshment offered for dry and barren hearts. That’s grace.

Joseph R. Cooke describes grace as “nothing more or less than the face that love wears when it meets imperfection, weakness, failure, sin. Grace is what love is and does when it meets the sinful and the undeserving.”

Every day, wherever we go, we have the opportunity to offer grace to another person.

Divine Appointments

One day after Bible study, I walked into a restaurant with a group of women from our church. There were so many of us that tables had to be pushed together to accommodate us. And still we were one chair short. I looked over at a man sitting alone and spotted an empty chair at his table. “Excuse me sir. Could we borrow this chair?”
“As long as you bring it back,” he said, with more than a hint of sarcasm.
I thought, “This guy must be having a bad day.”
“Thanks so much. I will bring it back,” I said. Later, as we were all leaving, I remembered my promise about the chair. I thought, ‘Why should I bother with the chair? But I did promise.’ So I told my friends, “I’ll be out in a minute. You go on ahead.” I took the chair and walked over to the man and said, “Thanks for the chair.”
“Thanks for bringing it back. Are all of you women from that church over there on the corner?”
“Yes, as a matter of fact, we are. We just got finished with Bible study. It was a great day and we learned a lot about the Lord.”
“Who?” he asked. “The Lord,” I said, more loudly and with emphasis, thinking he hadn’t understood or heard.
“Who?” he asked again.
Then I understood. “What? You don’t believe in God?”
“I’m an agnostic.”
“Really? An agnostic? Let me ask you a question. When you go out at night and you see all those stars in the sky, don’t you wonder where they all came from? Can you make a star?”
“Oh yes, I can make a star.”
“Oh, come on, you cannot make a star,” I said, laughing at his bravado.
“Well, I’m an agnostic.”
“Well, you’re wrong. There is a God. Anyhow, it’s nice meeting you. Have a good day.” I walked away thinking, ‘Well, that was an unbelievable conversation!’
I hurried to catch up to my friends and couldn’t wait to tell them what had just happened. We stood outside and talked for a few minutes more. As all my friends left, I turned to go to my car. And who do you think walked out of the restaurant? Yes, you guessed it. My friend, the agnostic.
“Are you still here?” he asked.
“Yep, still here.”
I noticed he was looking at my Bible. “You should try reading this sometime.”
He said, “I’ve read it.”
“Yes, but you probably read it as literature, not as a love letter from God.” I could see the wheels of his mind turning. Then I asked him a question that just came to my mind, “What about Jesus?”
He looked at me, then smiled and said, “Let’s sit down and talk.”
And so, for the next 45 minutes, we sat on a bench in front of that restaurant and talked about Jesus and a relationship with God. At the end of our time together, I said, “I’ll pray for you.”
And my friend, the agnostic, said, “Thanks. I need someone to pray for me.”

The Great Adventure of Knowing Him

When Jesus called Peter and Andrew to be His disciples, He said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Each day becomes an adventure when you realize that the Lord wants to touch lives with His grace. Imagine you are fishing, throwing out a net of grace, and waiting for someone to receive the gifts offered by the Lord. Every time I experience a conversation like the one with the agnostic, I am aware that the Lord arranges the meetings. I often think about Dr. Bill Bright’s perspective of witnessing. Although he was shy and reserved, he always assumed supposed chance meetings were opportunities to share Jesus with others. He was well known for his amazing times of witnessing on airplanes, in elevators, and on campuses throughout the world. Although he is now with the Lord, his life still speaks to me about the importance of making the most of every opportunity to share God’s amazing grace with others.

One of my early frustrations with sharing my faith was simply not knowing what to say. Once I memorized the four main points of the Gospel, then I was much bolder and confident in talking with others about Christ. I encourage you to memorize these main points along with the accompanying verses:

  • God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life (John 3:16, John 10:10).
  • All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).
  • Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin. Through Him we can know and understand God’s plan for our lives (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, John 14:6).
  • We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Then we can know and understand God’s love and plan for our lives (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Revelation 3:20).

These are the four main points of the Gospel I memorized so many years ago from The Four Spiritual Laws written by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade For Christ International. Based on biblical principles, these four main points have helped me share with others how they can receive Christ into their lives and establish a personal relationship with God. There is nothing so exciting as the moment when a person says, “Yes, I’d like to receive Jesus into my heart. How can I do that?” I smile and say, “Let’s pray.” Then I lead them in a simple prayer, something like this, ‘Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I invite You now to come into my life, forgive my sins, give me eternal life, and make me the person You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.’ Then I smile and say, “The angels of heaven are now rejoicing because of what you have done.”

♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

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