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An Imperfect Witness

Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately. (Acts 18:24-26 NLT)

As a Christian today there is an underlying fear of evangelism because we do not want to find ourselves in a position of not knowing how to respond to a person's need or situation. What should I say? What should I do? How do I pray? What if they don't respond? What if they ask a question I don't have an answer to? There are so many questions when it comes to witnessing and often, many Christians find themselves paralyzed to even attempt to lead others to Christ.

When I read about those in the Bible like Apollos, I am astounded by the mere fact that although he was a great speaker and had knowledge of God, he didn't know everything, but he taught what he knew. Acts 18:24-25 says that Apollos knew the scriptures well but he only knew what was written on the pages he read and what he had experienced thus far. He knew of John's baptism but he had no knowledge of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There was a whole other facet to Christianity he had to discover and experience. YET, God used him where he was and with what he knew. It says, "he taught with an enthusiastic spirit (with passion), and with accuracy." God was able to use him even though he didn't know everything. Apollos didn't know ALL there was to know about God but his passion drove him. He wasn't worried about what he didn't know or about what others may think. He used what he had to tell others about Christ.

On the other side of this, I see that God shows us grace and mercy even in our ignorance. This passage said that when Priscilla and Aquila heard Apollos, they took him aside and taught him more about God's way. What he taught wasn't perfect, but because of his passion and boldness, God sent those who would teach him. Personally, after I found out that I was somewhat inaccurate with what I taught, I would have a hard time teaching again, but Apollos took his new knowledge of God and continued with the same passion as before. Acts 18:27-28 says, "Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah."

Here's the thing... people today need God more than ever before and you holding on to your testimony because you fear what you do not know or you're afraid to make a mistake, isn't helping the cause of Christ. If you want to fear something, think about those who do not know about God because you chose to stay silent. You have a testimony that needs to be heard. God gave each of us one and you don't have to be as eloquent as Apollos to share it. The Bible says in Exodus 4:10 that Moses had difficulty speaking yet God chose him to go before Pharaoh and through him, He set the Israelites free. All God requires of you is for you to be willing. I challenge you today, tell someone of what God has done for you and even if they don't make the immediate decision to come to Christ, know that you have planted a seed that God will send another to water.

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