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Taxicab Witnessing

Religious witnessing can bring on controversy at times. Street preachers asking, “Have you been saved?” Mormon Elders going door to door to discuss the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jehovah’s Witnesses handing out issues of The Watchtower. A co-worker, a dinner guest, or a stranger standing next to you in a lunch line wanting to express how Jesus changed her life. For some of us, that causes discomfort. We think it shouldn’t, but it does. And sometimes, we feel guilty.

When I think of witnessing, the first scripture that comes to mind always seems to be Romans 1:16 (NIV): “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Then there is the Great Commission, Jesus telling his disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16) How can people know about Jesus unless a believer tells them? (Romans 10:13-15) If we can’t verbally witness, we can by our good deeds. (Matthew 5:16; Galatians 6:9)

After a recent, longer-than-usual trip to see one of our grandsons (and his family), we hailed a taxicab at the airport about 9:30 p.m. for a ride to our house. Within two minutes, the taxicab driver began: “Saved by grace, planting the seed, baptized in the Spirit, the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I was tired and desired quiet. I told him that I believed what he was saying and that we went to church. He was not deterred.

As we rode along, his testimony produced a pleasant rhythm, a sense of rightness. We talked about our families. We learned he was a radio preacher. We reached our house. I gave him a nice tip. I wished him well.

He was not ashamed, but I guess I was.

2 comments… add one
  • John B. Phillips October 23, 2015, 3:19 PM

    Betty, having known you for most of my life, I’m not surprised to learn of your witnessing, though this may have occurred after the time we were growing up together when you experienced fresh water to your soul, a magnificent way of putting it. I admire you for your witnessing and for a lot of the things you do as a Christian. Your last sentence had the same effect on me that the taxicab driver had. Now, what will I do about it?

  • Betty October 23, 2015, 2:49 AM

    “A co-worker, a dinner guest, or a stranger standing next to you in a lunch line wanting to express how Jesus changed her life”. I’ve been that person but did not equate myself with Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses.

    I did it because I wondered why no one ever told me about the life changing power of Jesus Christ although they had a lot to say about Baptism, Trinity, the correct way to pray and worship. When I did hear a real witness of the power of God, it was like fresh water to my soul.

    Don’t be ashamed or Jesus will be ashamed of you.

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