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5 Reasons Why Worrying About “Ruining Your Witness” Misses the Point

    Ruin my witness

    Don’t Ruin My Witness

    “Hey, this guy is not a Christian. Don’t ruin my witness.”

    I have an unwavering love for Jesus! I genuinely believe that everyone’s life can be transformed through a personal relationship with Him. It’s truly inspiring to witness those gifted with evangelism openly share their faith with anyone they encounter. However, there’s something about the notion of “ruining your witness” that has been weighing on my mind lately.

    This phrase has been echoing in my thoughts for weeks, and I’ve heard variations of it for years. Although the sentiment carries a noble intention of wanting others to trust in Jesus, there’s an underlying concern that has been troubling me. With all this said, here are five reasons that worrying about ruining your witness bothers me.

    5 Reasons This Bothers Me

    1. I am not a tool of the kingdom; I am a child of the King.

    We know that Jesus would leave the ninety-nine to seek out the one who is lost, but He wouldn’t do so at the expense of the majority. Jesus said He would leave them in an open field, a place where they would be safe (Luke 15:4). It’s crucial not to become so consumed with winning over the lost that we forget our immense value in God’s eyes as His beloved children (Romans 8:14). He wants us to recognize that everything He possesses is also ours (Luke 15:31). He delights in using us, but it’s primarily because He loves being in our presence. Let’s not become overly fixated on our witness to the point of forgetting that God takes immense joy in our company.

    2. People are never projects but objects of our love.

    Even if we were to successfully win over the entire world for Christ, it would amount to nothing without genuine love (1 Corinthians 13:3). Love is an essential element in God’s kingdom. This may be my personal struggle, but when I hear someone expressing concern about their witness, it often implies viewing others as projects rather than individuals. While there may be people we long to see in heaven, genuine love and care will naturally draw them towards what we have. Love is the key that unlocks their hearts, enabling them to hear God’s voice.

    3. You can’t control whether people will be offended.

    Attempting to create a flawless environment for someone to encounter Christ may end up painting an inaccurate picture of the body of Christ. Some of the deepest wounds experienced by Christians have been inflicted by fellow believers. The goal is not to recruit people to our exclusive club, but rather to introduce them to Jesus. Despite our efforts to avoid tarnishing our witness, people might still take offense. It’s possible that we may need to seek forgiveness, allowing them the space to feel offended. By being our authentic selves, God’s love will naturally emanate from us. Loving others should be the instinctive behavior of those who genuinely love Jesus.

    4. You can’t control whether people come to Christ.

    While we should seize every opportunity to share Jesus and make the most of each moment (Colossians 4:5 & Mark 16:15-16), our priorities might be slightly misplaced if we excessively worry about ruining our witness. Jesus Himself stated that no one comes to Him unless the Father draws them (John 6:65-66). Sharing our faith is akin to prayer—we play our part, but we also allow God the freedom to work in His own way.

    5. Jesus seemed indifferent to preserving His witness.

    As I contemplated this matter, God gently reminded me of an important truth—Jesus didn’t seem overly concerned about preserving His witness. It was the disciples who approached Him, claiming that He had offended someone (Matthew 15:12). There were instances when Jesus intentionally provoked the religious leaders (Matthew 23:27), and even deliberately offended His own followers (John 6:60-62). If that’s the case, it becomes evident that faithfully following Jesus can, at times, disrupt our carefully crafted witness.

    With all these considerations, it’s important to note that the desire to protect our witness is not entirely negative. I believe God stirred these thoughts within me to uncover deeper truths. My hope is that these reflections contribute to your pursuit of God and your love for others. I would greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts in the comments section below.

    4 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Worrying About “Ruining Your Witness” Misses the Point”

    1. Thank you for posting this article. You brought up some really good points. I noticed a theme among all of them that I hope everyone got–Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. And that really came out in the first point you made. You made reference to the 99 sheep that Jesus would leave, saying that Jesus still loves and values them even though He is looking for the one lost one. Thank you for saying that. It was the most encouraging part of this post for me, as I have often felt left out of God’s love when thinking about or reading that passage. And actually, we have to be aware of God loving and enjoying US so we can get filled up and feel satisfied. then, we can pass that love onto others. It’s like having a digital camera that you plug in to recharge the battery. In order for the camera to be useful, it has to be recharged every day. Spending time with God everyday and letting Him love on us is the same as a battery being recharged. We then get recharged, so we can be used by God to reach the lost. And we must remember something important. We can’t change anyone; it is Jesus working through us who does the changing. He has just given us the honor of being His instruments. Now I know you said we aren’t tools, we are His children. Yes, we are children of the King, but He also calls us His servants (Which shows that He uses us like we use tools), brothers/sisters, friends, and bride. He has made us all of these things to illustrate the depth and complexity of His relationship with us. We first have to be humbled by being His servants, then we can truly fully appreciate Him identifying us as His siblings, friends, children, and bride.

      1. Dear Rachel,

        Thank you again for your comments. You made a great point about the digital camera. I can understand where you a servant like a tool. A servant like a tool is at the discretion of the master. The one major difference I have with that is that you don’t have a relationship with your hammer. God never puts us on the shelf until He may need us someday. He is always working with us, because He likes to be with us.

        Rachel, thank you so much for your comments. I have loved the discussions and questions.


        1. Hi Kevin,
          You are welcome. I am always excited when I get to comment on anything, and that I am listened to.
          Thank you for your affirmation too.

    2. Oh yeah, and also, you are right about us not having a relationship with our tools. But I am very happy that God likes having a relationship with each one of us. Thank you for clarifying that too.

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