As a new believer, I wanted to tell everyone about Christ. I thought everybody should be excited about our Lord.
As a successful young businessman, I was often invited to speak in all kinds of churches and to other Christian groups. As I challenged them to witness for Christ, many pledged to do so. Then I would go back at a later date and ask, "How many of you witnessed?" Very few, I discovered, had done so.
Soon, I realized why. Because they were not filled with the Holy Spirit, they were incapable of being fruitful witnesses for Christ.
Sometime ago I had the privilege of speaking at a seminar on evangelism in Dallas, Texas. My topic was on the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit in order to be effective and fruitful in our witness for Christ.
After I had spoken, a woman shared with me her great concern for her father-in-law. She said, "My father-in-law lives with us. I have prayed for him for many years, but he is not a Christian. He is getting along in years and I fear that he will die without Christ. Will you help me?"
I asked her, "Are you a Spirit-filled Christian?"
She said, "Yes. This morning at the conclusion of your message, I claimed by faith the fullness of God's Spirit."
"That is really wonderful!" I exclaimed. "Now, this is what I want you to do. Go home and prepare your father-in-law a delicious lunch. While he is eating, read to him from this little booklet..." I showed her the Four Spiritual Laws. "This booklet contains the distilled essence of the gospel and all that one really needs to know in order to receive Christ," I said. "After you have read it to him, ask him if he would like to receive Christ as his Savior and Lord."
She said, "You really think he will listen?"
"Yes," I said. "God's Holy Spirit will lead and empower you."
Later that afternoon, she called me. She was so excited she could hardly contain herself. She told me how she had followed my instructions. As her father-in-law ate his lunch, she read to him the Four Spiritual Laws booklet. He listened intently and, when she finished reading, she asked him if he would like to receive Christ. He replied, "Of course, I would."
So they bowed together, and he opened his heart to Christ and became a child of God.
This dear woman, who had prayed for her father-in-law and witnessed to him for years, discovered that it is God the Holy Spirit who makes the difference in witnessing.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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