Willing witnesses?

The first disciples testified about the Jesus who they knew — our call is no different

Willing witnesses?
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• In all the politics and insubstantial theories, who has the true message?


“You are My witnesses, ” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no God was formed, nor will there be one after Me. -- Isaiah 43:10 NIV

There is a responsibility that goes with knowing. I'm talking about knowing what God is saying. Every Christian who has a restored relationship with God through Jesus has a sense of what God is saying.

This verse tells us we have a responsibility to act on what we know — especially in making it known. This is a time of uncertainty and anxiety. God is not observing this passively. Quite the opposite — He is asking for our attention, so He can speak His compassionate words of hope, lift us with His encouragement, at a time when we really need it. And we who know Him, are His messengers... His witnesses.

We read about the call to be witnesses in the NT. Jesus' last words, recorded by Luke, were about testifying to others who Jesus is and what He has done for us:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -- Acts 1:8 NIV

Jesus' last words the way Matthew recorded them are saying the same thing, talking about who we know and what we know — passing it on.

“Now wherever you go, make disciples... and teach them to faithfully follow...

Surveys show that a majority of people say that they believe in God and a majority pray to Him at times. But as we know, they don't attend church.

They won't be coming to hear the message there, even when churches open again. They won't get it from the BBC, ITN or a newspaper.

But they may be open to hear it from a friend or a neighbour who is a witness to Jesus— not in a religious way, and not in a religious setting. That's the point. Witnesses simply share from the heart what they have themselves received.

Not everyone wants to be a preacher! However, everybody can share (and the preachers who share their experience of Jesus are witnesses with a real message, not a dry homily).

Sharing is powerful because no one can deny your personal experience, when you share it. When you know God, and you have heard something encouraging from God, and can share that experience, people come to know God. And when they begin to share their experience, revival is happening!