Wednesday, March 7
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. and you will be my witnesses, telling people about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the end of the earth”
Why do we have such a fear of witnessing? I could give you a long list of reasons, but you know what I am talking about. You have your reasons and I have mine.
Even though you have sat in training for witnessing, learning approaches and the right words, it is still hard. Jesus made witnessing simpler. He wasn’t out to put more notches in His witnessing belt. He didn’t lay a guilt trip on His disciples for not reaching their quota. No! Jesus unhurriedly went about telling people that God’s Kingdom had arrived. A new day was here. The world was going to change for the better. Jesus entered into casual conversations about God’s purpose. He loved people for who they were. He confronted injustices. He made life better.
Could it be that we have tried to make something simple very complicated? How are you loving your family today? What about your coworkers, school parents, families at sporting events, or your neighbors? How do you treat the people you encounter regularly, building relationships with them? The Apostle Peter seemed to think that when Christ Jesus is really at the center of your life, those hungrily searching for God will be drawn to us and ask what makes us different? (1 Pet 3:15) This week as you consider rebooting your spiritual life, what do you need to either stop doing or start doing that would allow you to really love the people around you? Remember, as a follower of Christ Jesus you are the bridge for those around you into the Kingdom. And ... yes! The moment will arrive when you need to open your mouth and take your stand for Jesus. When opportunity arises, simply share how Christ has impacted your life for the better.
Lord, I clearly understand your command to be a witness, and I confess that I make it complicated out of my own fears and insecurities. Help me to allow the Holy Spirit to open interactions that I will recognize as my opportunity to lift up Your name by sharing how You have changed my life. Amen.
- Pastor Clarence