Isn’t there more to being a witness than just saying the words?
Witnessing, like parenting or grand parenting is best done in a continuing relationship. Jesus tells us to “go and make disciples.” Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 about our role as disciplers - “Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you…” As God’s child I am called to not only share my faith but to also care for those who have heard and believed the Word.
The mother of a newborn is attentive to every detail of her child’s life, she watches, listens, even smells to see what needs to be done next. She anticipates, nurtures and gives a high level of care to her child around the clock. So should it be for those of us who have become spiritual parents to someone else.
• Help them read and understand the Bible on a daily basis. Go over scripture and talk about what it says to them. I like to start in the Gospel of John.
• Talk with them about what it means to follow Jesus based on what they have read and understand from their Bible readings.
• Teach them how to pray. Help them see and acknowledge answered prayers.
• Teach them how to journal what they believe God is saying in His Word and how that applies to their life.
• Make a list of people in their life who they know need to hear about Jesus. Show them how to simply share their faith with them.
• Bring them and their family to church with you, introducing them to worship, fellow believers and your pastor.
• Invite them to your small group or start one with them.
• Talk with them about baptism, what it means and how God is at work. Ask if they have been baptized. (You may have to find and then dust off your catechism but it will be a blessing for you as well.)
• Suggest they go to adult instruction and promise that you will go with them if they desire.
• Show them how to live life, generously giving as God has freely given to them.