A pastor got a phone call from an angry woman. “I have received a piece of religious literature from your church,” she shouted, “and I resent your using the mails to upset people!”
“What was so upsetting about a piece of mail from a church?” the pastor asked calmly.
“You have no right to try to change my religion!” the woman stormed. “You have your religion and I have mine, and I’m not trying to change yours!” (She really was, but the pastor didn’t argue with her.)
“Changing your religion, or anybody else’s religion, is not our purpose,” the pastor explained. “But we have experienced a wonderful new life through faith in Christ, and we want to do all we can to share it with others.”
Many people, including some Christians, have the idea that “witnessing” means wrangling over differences in religious beliefs or sitting down and comparing churches. But witnessing means sharing our spiritual experiences with others—both by the lives
we live and the words we speak.
Today’s Scripture: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear; having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you,
as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Also read: Matthew 5:13-16; Mark 5:19-20; James 3:13.
Action assignment: Be Christ’s witness today by your life and your words. Be ready also to tell others why your life is different.