The Answer, Part Three

As the resurrected Jesus was responding to His followers’ question about when the kingdom of God would be established, He told them they would receive power – but he explained that this power would be given for a specific purpose. Let’s see what that purpose is:

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses … “ (Acts 1:8a AMP)

The purpose of the Holy Spirit coming upon us was so that we would have the supernatural power to be His witnesses. The word “witness” scares off a lot of believers, because they know they don’t have it in them to be Billy Graham. When we observe those uniquely gifted with the spiritual gift of evangelism, the evil one can make us feel that our “witness” is not all that important. However, that is a lie. Your witness IS important.
 
Have you ever been called before the court as a witness to a crime or an accident? If so, what were you called to do? I’m thinking you were being asked to testify to what you saw, heard, felt, and experienced in that moment. When there are multiple witnesses to an event, there can be honest differences in what was seen, heard, and experienced. But together the witnesses provide needed facts pointing toward the truth.

As a believer, that’s what we are called to do: testify to what we have learned, seen, heard, felt, and experienced in our walk with Christ. Your testimony might not provide the whole picture for someone who is lost, but combined with the testimony (witness) of other believers, it might provide all that is needed to point that person toward the Truth.  

Occasionally you will hear a pro athlete, whose life has taken a tumble, tell his disappointed fans who looked up to him as a role model: “I didn’t ask to be your role model. I just signed up to play ball.” Sometimes Christians can be that way about their witnessing to the saving grace of Jesus: “I didn’t ask to be a witness. I just signed up to be a Christ-follower.” Well, friend, if you have asked Jesus into your heart, like it or not, you have become a witness.

You did not choose to be a witness – you ARE a witness. The decision you must make is whether you will be an effective one or not. You have the supernatural “Holy-Spirit-infused” power to do it – let’s be more faithful and effective witnesses – someone’s eternity is at stake. 

By Judy Shrout

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