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Put A Pebble In Their Shoe

Evangelism Witness Testimony

Source: "Put a Pebble in His Shoe" by JUSTIN TAYLOR, published on, APRIL 23, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2024-03-19

Scripture: Matthew 13:8

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It's happens to all of us. We're walking along and suddenly become aware of a nagging little bump beneath the sole of our foot. Perhaps we're in a hurry and don't want to take the time to address it, so we try to ignore it. We're just too busy; it's not worth the effort.

Or perhaps we're not in an appropriate place or position to stop and remove our shoe to address the discomfort, so, again, we try to ignore it. We keep walking, trying to convince ourselves that it's fine, this is fine, no big deal. 

But sure enough, there comes a time when we just can't ignore it any longer ... the shoe, and maybe even the sock or stocking, needs to come off so we can shake out the tiny pebble which made itself at home just beneath soft, tender pad of our foot.




Many (if not most) evangelical Christians get so nervous about witnessing to others. We fret not having all the answers, or feeling inadequate in presenting the "whole" of the Gospel message. So we shrink back and say nothing. But does this dichotomy of choices really exist? Or is there something in between?

Christian author, Greg Koukl, speaking to The Gospel Coalition, had this to say:

A wise ambassador ... weighs his opportunities and adopts an appropriate strategy for each occasion. ... Now here is my own more modest goal. I want to put a [pebble] in his shoe. All I want to do is give him something worth thinking about. I want him to hobble away on a nugget of truth he can’t simply ignore because it continues to poke at him.

Effective witness doesn't have to include a full, five point Gospel presentation. Sometimes all that's necessary is a little "nugget of truth" that nags at the unbeliever's conscience or phyche, until they simply cannot ignore it any longer. They have no choice but to "deal" with it, giving it greater consideration.

What they do with that nugget isn't our responsibility. It's entirely on them now. Will they simply remove it and toss it aside? Will they take it out and ponder how it got in there? Will it cause them to pause and consider further truth? 

Remember, next time you feel intimiated to "present the Gospel" to an unbelieving relative, friend, or even stranger ... you don't have to drop a boulder on their head. You just need to drop a pebble in their shoe.

Matthew 13: 3-9 (NIV):

A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Reflecting the Light - It All Comes Down to Proximity

Light Witness Devotion

Source: "Moon In Motion," published

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Contributed By: Marcelle Smith | Date Posted: 2023-12-19

Scripture: John 1:8 ; Matthew 5:14

Author: Marcelle Smith


The Moon does not make its own light. Moonlight is actually reflected sunlight. We always see the same face of the Moon from Earth - the “lunar nearside.” Each month, as day and night sweep across the lunar nearside, the sunlit part of our view takes on a series of familiar shapes: crescent, half-moon, full, and more. 

According to NASA:

Overall, only about one-tenth of the sunlight that hits the Moon is reflected back into space. This ration of reflected light is called albedo. For comparison, our watery planet bounces about three-tenths of incoming rays back into space. Venus has an even higher albedo than Earth, reflecting half of the sunlight that reaches it. Yet, the Moon outshines Venus in our sky. 

Why? It is all comes down to proximity. The Moon is far closer to us than Venus so the Moonlight - the reflection of the Sun’s light - appears brilliant to us. 


John the Witness, via his devotion to Jesus, was able to show the way to the Light because of his proximity both to the Light and to those to whom he witnessed. Our proximity to the Light and others affords us the same opportunity to likewise direct others to Light of Jesus.

Jesus is the Light (uppercase "L"). Jesus' disciples (us!) are the light (lowercase "l") called to reflect the Son. As we draw closer to Him, and then and draw closer to those to whom we would share that Light, we are able to do just that. His Light will shine brilliantly to all those who are in darkness.

It all comes down to proximity.

"He [John] was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light" (John 1:8).

Cover the Earth in Salt

Witness Influence Evangelism

Source: "Why is the Ocean Salty?" Published NOAA, retrieved 9/5/23

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-09-05

Scripture: Matthew 5:13 ; Colossians 4:6

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According to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, "there's about 50 quintillion kilograms (the number 50 with 18 zeros after it) of salt in the ocean." 


You may know that the oceans cover about 70 percent of the of Earth's surface, and that about 97 percent of all water on and in the Earth is saline—there's a lot of salty water on our planet. By some estimates, if the salt in the ocean could be removed and spread evenly over the Earth's land surface it would form a layer more than 500 feet (166 meters) thick, about the height of a 40-story office building (Source: NOAA).

That's a LOT of salt!


Salt is such an amazing mineral, with so many useful benefits and purposes — everything from flavoring to healing and cleansing to preserving. Some say there are up to thousands of uses. No wonder the Bible uses it as such a powerful metaphore, with God Himself calling us to be the salt of the earth.

We are to season the world around us with the flavor and essence of His love and grace. We are help to heal the wounds of the brokenhearted. We are to teach others of how they can find cleansing for their soiled, sinful hearts. We are to  preserve that which is right and true and holy. 

Yet, as we look around, there is so little salt being spread across the expanse of the human condition. Why should the salt of the sea eclipse the depth of our own salty influence over the world around us?

Christians, let us cover the earth with the saltiness of the Gospel message. Let us bury this planet under the influence of God's love and grace, 500 feet deep and even more!

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet" (Matthew 5:13, ESV).

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person" (Colossians 4:6, ESV).


Be The Bulb That Outshines All The Others

Light Witness Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-10-19

Scripture: Matthew 5:14 ; Philippians 2:15

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And the Survey Says - Christians Don't Witness As They Should

Witness Boldness Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-20

Scripture: Acts 10:42 ; 1 Corinthians 9:16

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I've Decided to Carry Narcan

Witness Spiritual Death Addiction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-02-23

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 ; Romans 1:16

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Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

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The Hidden Door

Witness Salvation Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: John 10:9

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Don't Covet Your Neighbor's Lottery Win

Envy Witness Temptation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-08

Scripture: Romans 11:14

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Christians Feel "The Bern"

Gospel Witness Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-13

Scripture: John 3:16

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