Christ’s Method and Example

February 21, 2023

Isaiah 52:7 is a beautiful verse that gives insight into sharing or witnessing for God. It says: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation…” I am struck by the emphasis on the words good, peace and glad tidings of good things. I believe witnessing for or sharing Christ should be a message that speaks of God’s goodness and the hope He wants to give us in a challenging and difficult world. 

My first efforts of sharing with my family and friends didn’t go so well. Instead of sharing how God had helped and blessed my life, I focused on trying to change them and straighten them out. There is not much good news in that.

We love our families and friends. We want them to know and love God, and our message, as we do. Often though, we try to do the work that only the Holy Spirit can do to bring conviction and lead them to Christ. It is more our actions and attitude that will influence them than our words. The words can and should come, but first, it will be the influence of a Christ-like life that will draw them. One writer put it this way, “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.” The saying that actions speak louder than words is still true. The gospel is first preached in our lives before any words are spoken. 

Ellen G. White famously said in her book, The Ministry of Health and Healing: “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs and won their confidence. Then He bade them follow me.” 

I believe this is the secret of success in witnessing. Jesus said it well, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35. We have an amazing gospel of good news, and it brings hope for the present and future. But it will be more likely to be heard and received if we have been ministering to and loving our family and friends in practical ways. Christ’s method and example are the best way to share and witness to the people we are closest to. 

By James Shires, President