Today’s devotional is an encouragement goes along with this month’s sermon series on evangelism. It is an invitation to participate in the great commission in your world written by one of our staff pastors.
Before He returned to heaven, Jesus asked us to be witnesses. Some people turn pale at the idea and start to stutter, backing away with hands extended as if they’d seen a poisonous snake. Being a witness conjures up images of wild eye creatures garbed in Christian witnessing tee shirts hollering in a bullhorn at passersby. Or going up to perfect strangers and giving them a three-point sermon on salvation complete with references and cross references. While there’s a place for those types of ministry, that’s not necessarily what Jesus is requiring of us.
What is a witness then? Someone who recounts something they have, well, witnessed. Seen. Experienced. Acts 2:32 says, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.” Acts 3:15 says, “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” Acts 5:32 says, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 1 John 1:1-3 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” The New Testament – Acts in particular – is replete with examples of early believers who simply told about what they had witnessed. With that in mind, what have you witnessed that you could share with, say, a neighbor or a coworker or a friend? Obviously, you didn’t see Jesus raised from the dead, but you have certainly experienced the work of the living, risen Jesus in your life, right? How about when He saved you? Perhaps you witnessed a healing or answered prayer? Maybe God protected you or intervened in your life in a miraculous way. Or maybe God did something simple that was meaningful to you. Ask God to help you remember something you have witnessed that you could share with someone else. Our sermon series for September will be about evangelism. We will be sharing some non-intimidating, non-life threatening, relatively painless ways you can be a witness and share your faith. So, I ask you – can I get a witness? Jump in and take the challenge to be a witness in your world.
(c) 2018 Heidi Fields Associate Pastor Joy Christian Center