Witnessing for Jesus is not optional, it is a command.  Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NLT

When our children were young, I often gave them commands.  Such as, “clean up your room”; or “eat your vegetables”.  I expected to be obeyed.  I was not happy if they used excuses. “I’ll do it later” or “I don’t know how”, or even “I don’t want to do it” were not things I accepted or wanted to hear.  I don’t think Jesus wants to hear our excuses.

I imagine I have used every excuse you can think of to get out of witnessing.  I am so grateful that God doesn’t “let me off the hook”.  I can think of Him giving a big sigh when I shirk the responsibility of witnessing.  I Samuel 15:22: “But Samuel replied, what is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice?  Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” NLT.

When we become a Christian, we are members of the army of the Lord.  As our Commander, He requires our obedience. When He gives a command, I think that we had better obey it.  The glorious thing about obedience is the joy it brings….the feeling of contentment and peace when we are in the will of God.  Remember the words of the old hymn:


Trust and obey, Trust and obey

For there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus

But to trust and obey!