Tips to be a Better Christian Witness at School
Being a witness for Christ at school is a wonderful goal for students. Whether attending a public or a private Christian school, there will be kids who are lost and in need of Jesus. The world has nothing good to offer, and that’s according to God himself, who created the world and everything in it. It is devastating anytime a person lives for temporal things and eventually discovers that they completely missed the purpose of life. Worse, they miss out on the kingdom of heaven, if they go on to die without having accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. The following are some helpful tips on how to be a positive Christian witness in school.
Practice Being Filled with the Spirit
When we are born again through repentance of sin and faith that Jesus paid the price for those sins through his death, burial, and resurrection, we are given the Holy Spirit. From then on, God himself resides in us, but we have a responsibility to pursue a relational connection with Him. Through Bible reading, prayer, and a heartfelt devotion to God, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, which is a prerequisite for being a better witness for Jesus. “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” –Acts 13:52 (NASB).
Ask God for Opportunities
Witnessing doesn’t need to be forced. The most powerful way to effectively witness is by praying and asking God to provide opportunities and open doors for sharing the Gospel. In this way, we can be sure God is working through us to reach someone whose heart is ready to receive the Truth. Even if that person doesn’t seem to want to hear what we are saying, God knows what is in each person’s heart. He uses us in ways we don’t understand, if we are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Most people have radar that picks up on it, when people are being fake. Make sure you genuinely care about people, when you witness. If you are witnessing out of some sense of superiority, you are operating with the wrong mindset. Humbly witness to individuals out of concern for their soul.
Be a Good Listener
Avoid preaching at people in your role as a witness. Be a good listener. If you are just talking at a person, it’s kind of disrespectful of them. Instead, talk to people. Have a conversation. Share the Truth but not like you are performing a monologue.
Be Bold and Ask Questions
To engage in conversation, it’s good to ask questions and listen to the person’s answers. Many people today have no idea about the message of the Gospel. It may be appropriate to ask another student if they have heard what Jesus did just for them. You may be the first to ever share the Good News with that person.
Wear a Christian Hoodie
An icebreaker for witnessing could be wearing a Christian hoodie. You can choose a hoodie that says, “I am a Hard Core Christian” or “Stand by Him, Sit beside Him, Kneel Before Him,” or some other message of faith. That way, you are witnessing, in a way, to everyone you cross paths with. Since you may be literally surrounded by fellow students who don’t know the first thing about Jesus, witnessing is a truly wonderful thing to do.