Management of time is very important! One of the excuses to not witness is, “I don’t have the time”. I have noticed that the older I get; the faster time goes. We all have 24 hours in a day. So, why do I feel as though I need more hours in my day? It seems to take longer to do a task than it did 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago.
Ephesians 5:15-16: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise; making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” NASB. Wow! That is a profound thought! How is the best way to accomplish the wisest use of our available time to witness?
We need to PLAN to witness. There is a saying that we must “plan to work and then work our plan”. I have the privilege of witnessing through the Gideons Auxiliary Scripture distribution plan. So, I am given the ‘planned’ opportunity for witnessing by giving Scripture to nurses, in doctor’s offices, nursing homes, etc. I also “plan” to give a New Testament to clerks in the stores where I shop. I have promised God that any time I am the last person in the check-out line, I will offer the checker a Scripture. (I do this in that way so that I do not take up her work time.) Now, I need to remember to follow through…work my plan. There are many other ways to plan our witnessing time. Just follow through in your plan to be faithful.
Bill Fey, in his book, “Sharing Jesus Without Fear” recommends that we make an appointment with the person with whom we would like to share a witness. Take that friend (or loved one) to lunch or have them over to your home. Make the time to tell them about Jesus.
Anytime is the right time to share a witness. Perhaps, you only have a moment or an hour. Whatever time is available, use it! Remember, you don’t have to prepare and preach a sermon. Often, a smile and a word of hope is all you have the time for…DO IT. Don’t postpone your opportunity to witness until you have more time.
An unwise use of our time is that word of procrastination….Someday! Too often, Someday never comes. A corresponding thought is: “I’ll do it tomorrow.” I can think of specific occasions when I knew I should be a witness. I put it off and now it is too late. I urge you to take advantage of every opportunity before the time is lost.
“For He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is the ACCEPTABLE TIME, behold, now is the day of Salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2 NASB