The Thrill of Witnessing
Acts 2:1-8, 41; 8:26-40; 16:25-34
The tragedy of life is not what men suffer but what they miss. People are looking for thrills today. One thrill that surpasses all is missed by most--to see a man come to Christ. Witnessing is a thrilling adventure!
Thrilling is a mild word for what happened on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Imagine 120 people controlled by the Holy Spirit suddenly witnessing in languages they do not even know (vv. 7,8). See the thrill of three thousand lives being changed as they turn to the Lord (v. 41). Wouldn't you like to have had a part in all that? You say, but this doesn't happen today. Really? Once some students from Moody Bible Institute went with hundreds of others to a large university campus for "Operation Otherside." As they began to share what Christ had done for them and how others could find this same joy and purpose in life, scores received Jesus Christ. Several hundred professors came to a breakfast and dozens of them received Christ as their Savior. Thrilling? The students said so.
Think how Philip must have felt to be told by an angel to leave Samaria in the midst of a revival and go out on a desert road (Acts 8:26). There he found an Ethiopian of great importance, jumped into the chariot, led him to Christ, baptized him and was caught away (v. 39). Thrilling? Certainly!
One night, while in college, I was walking to town and praying as I went that the Lord would let me see at least one person come to Christ that night. Suddenly, while crossing a bridge, a young man appeared at my side. Where he came from, I don't know. When presented with the gospel, he gladly received Christ. He had been thinking much about eternity as he was soon to go into the Army. Thrilled? You know I was.
Try Acts 16:25 ff. for thrills. Paul and Silas are put in prison for Christ's sake. Instead of sighing, they are singing. The best expression of Christianity is not a sigh but a song. That night God sent an earthquake which so frightened the jailer that he cried the now famous words, "What must I do to be saved?" (v. 30). Paul told him, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house" (v. 31). He was saved along with his household that very night (v. 33). Thrilling? Of course!