When God said you would receive supernatural power to witness, He meant it! That power is real, and it may very well manifest itself in ways that surprise you at first. God may give you special insight into people and their problems—the ability to discern things about them that they haven’t told you and that you would have no other way of knowing. Or you may be amazed at how clearly and persuasively you get His message across, even if you often find it hard to communicate or express yourself in other situations. Or you may hear yourself relating experiences you hadn’t thought of in years, or saying things you hadn’t planned to say, only to realize that was exactly what the person you’re talking to needed to hear. Or maybe something in the Bible that you read only once will pop into your mind and be the perfect answer to the person’s question. This phenomenon is what Jesus was referring to when He said, “It is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”1
When this first happens to you, you’ll know that’s supernatural! You’ll know it was all the Lord’s doing and nothing of yourself, and you’ll be so excited that you will naturally and wholeheartedly give all the credit to Him.
But God is not limited to such outright and obvious manifestations of His Spirit working through you. He will use whatever means He can to bring people to Him, including whatever natural gifts and abilities you may have. If you’re outgoing and make friends easily, He’ll use that. If you’re a natural leader or the type that others look up to, He’ll use that. If you’re the sort of person others find it easy to open up to and confide in, He’ll use that. If you speak well, He’ll use that. If you’re a musician or singer, He’ll use that. He’ll use any talent you have, if you’ll let Him.
But He also wants you to remember that any success you have is only because of Him working in you, not because you’re anything great. Even your natural abilities are gifts from Him. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father.”2
If you start taking the credit to yourself for being a good witness, a powerful speaker, or a persuasive salesman of the gospel instead of lifting up Jesus so He can draw people to Himself,3 you’ll be drawing them to yourself. If you do that, you won’t be an effective witness for long! It’s human nature to want to take credit for your accomplishments, but when it comes to witnessing, the Lord needs you to remain humble. Regularly remind yourself that it’s only through His power that you are able to lead others to Him. He says, “Not by [your] might nor by [your] power, but by My Spirit.”4 That’s the secret!
In fact, the Lord often chooses to use as some of His best witnesses those who are not so naturally gifted, because then it’s clear to all that what they have to offer is not due to their own abilities or supposed greatness; it’s because they have connected with a source outside themselves that has brought love and light and happiness and other good things into their lives.
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”5 It is also written of some of Jesus’ first disciples: “When [people] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”6
If your desire is to serve and please the Lord, then you will be looking to Him for help and guidance and will therefore want to give Him all the thanks and credit when He helps you to succeed—like the apostle Peter did when a crowd gathered around him and John after the lame man was healed at the temple one day. “All the people ran together … greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: ‘Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? [God] has glorified His Servant Jesus. … The faith which comes through Him has given [this man] this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.‘“7
You should never be ashamed or afraid or too proud to let people know that you are the Lord’s and that He is the one who helps you to accomplish anything good. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”8 If you will constantly remind yourself and others that you are just a tool in the Lord’s hands, then He will get all the glory for anything good that He does through you, and you will find that He will bless and use you wonderfully. Give Him all the glory!