The Word — Be my witnesses’
Published 8:00 am Sunday, November 6, 2022
Last week we looked at how God is always working. The question now is: How do you see yourself in relation to God’s work on earth to build His Kingdom? I mean God is fully capable of providing truth to souls without us. So, why use us? Let us look at the disciples in Acts 1:6-8 “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or dates which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
The disciples at this point in history have been able to spend much time with Jesus. They have seen many works and participated in ministry with Jesus. Their focus in this passage is on the kingdom to come, but Jesus is redirecting them to focus on reaching people. “They are going to join Him in the greatest rescue mission the world has ever seen. God is going to save many people.”
The Word says, “… you shall be My witnesses….” As a Christ follower, we get to participate in what God is doing. In fact, we are equipped through the power of the Holy Spirit: “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Not only are we called to be Christ’s witnesses, but we have what we need to be a witness when we become a Christ follower. Just as God called these disciples, God is calling us to be his witnesses.
You ask: What is this witness that he has called us to be? A witness is a person who testifies to the truth that they know. Our truth is found in Jesus Christ.
In our area, a toddler had a problem with his eye. The parents took him to the doctor. He had a mass behind his eye. For months, the doctors did what doctors do. And the parents did what parents do; they asked for prayer and people prayed. The day of the surgery, the specialist looked at the x-rays. He began asking multiple technicians to read them. They all read the x-rays the same way. The mass was gone. The specialist said, “I do not have an answer.” The mother replied, “I have the answer.”
This week let us be God’s witnesses – let us “have the answer.”
Yvette Perrin can be reached at email@example.com.