“Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.”
Do you remember that song? That’s an old favorite of mine. Simple put, it’s a song that is imploring us to become witnesses for Jesus Christ. He is such an awesome wonder, and a powerful addition to any life, that he shouldn’t be kept a secret. He brings forgiveness, healing, provision, joy, and peace to name a few. A life touched by Jesus, is a life that will never remain the same.
The method through which we “Go tell” is a very important aspect of spreading the gospel. Some may believe that if we’re not going out in the streets to preach–armed with a Bible, or going on missionary trips across the globe, then we are not witnessing. However, what’s key to note is the fact that we are all missionaries, but we are not all preachers.
Missionaries are basically Christians who witness to others in order to make followers of Christ. If we claim to be Christians, then being missionaries should be almost automatic. Witnessing is not just for some Christians, it’s for all. But many get discouraged under the misconception that witnessing can only be done through preaching, or publicly confronting sinners about their sins.
While I do believe that God can anoint the mouth of anyone to preach, the truth is we all have different gifts, and it’s OK to use them in ministry. We can spread the gospel without evening speaking. Leaving a track on a doorstep, giving a Bible or a spiritual book as a present, or even sharing a business card with the information to a Christian website, are all means of witnessing. If you are a writer, then write about the good news and share the contents. If you’re a singer, then share God’s love through songs. Take a look at Romans 12:4-8:
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Clearly, we are encouraged to use whichever unique gifts God blessed us with, to witness. In some instances, an act of mercy carries more power to save a lost soul than a sermon. More often than we care to admit, our actions can either bring people to Christ or turn them away.
Today, reach out to others with the gospel in whatever way you can. You don’t have to be the best public speaker to go tell it on the mountain. In your own little corner—in your own little way—share the life changing truth that “Jesus saves!”