Preaching to the Choir?

The adage, “preaching to the choir,” seems to infer that individuals who already experience Jesus in their hearts do not need to hear the sermon because they are already engaged with Jesus Christ. 

Whenever I travel by airliner, the flight attendant gives a short safety-oriented presentation to the passengers.  Part of the presentation has to do with the plane’s losing pressure and the oxygen masks dropping from overhead.  The flight attendant always instructs parents to put the mask on themselves first so that they will be sure to be in a condition to put the mask on their children.

Same holds true with Christianity.  Individuals who know Jesus Christ in their heart need to continue to grow in Christ so that they are in a position to help those not so fortunate.  It is literally a matter of life and death.

In this case, the “oxygen mask,” can be compared to witnessing for Christ.  This can be accomplished subtly, or overtly, depending on the need and the situation.

A person can witness in several different ways:

1.   Through example.  This is probably the most common, and, I believe, the most effective, means to witness.  We can, through example of the Christian heart, witness in the line at the grocery, at work, on public transportation, or nearly anywhere we interact with other people.

 2.  Through sharing the good news spelled out in the word of God.  While this example cannot, and perhaps should not, be done everywhere, in every situation, it is possibly the most gratifying and direct means of witnessing.

3.  Through sharing stories from our own lives that have allowed us to grow in Christ.  For instance, those who have had a “born again” experience may wish to re-tell the experience, and by re-telling, encouraging others to invite Jesus into their hearts.

 There are probably dozens of ways to witness, and I encourage my readers to use their opportunities well.  You may be saving a life!

W.S.

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4 Responses to Preaching to the Choir?

  1. J.E. says:

    Great post! It’s amazing how often God will provide an opportunity for us to witness to others. It is as if He guides them right to us. We need to be ready and willing to make time, realize the opportunity we have, and show them God’s true love.

  2. Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

    I like the oxygen mask analogy.

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