Jesus told his followers (Acts 1:8) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
What does it take to be a witness for the gospel, for Jesus? We have to see, hear, and experience the presence of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, in our life.
A few questions and Scripture for thought:
- Seeing – Are you seeing evidence in your life that you have received the saving grace of Jesus in your life? Are you seeing the Holy Spirit working in your life? Better yet, can others see that change in your life?Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”
- Hearing – Many times Jesus made the comment: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”(Mark 4:9, Revelation 2:7, 11, 29, 3:6, 13, 22) Do you have ears that are tuned to hear the Lord speak? Are there too many other things in your life that are drowning out the voice of the Lord?Zephaniah 3:17 – “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Perhaps we need to be quiet and let the Lord sing over our lives.
- Experiencing – Are you truly walking with the Lord each and every day or are you simply going through the motions? You might be very busy doing “churchy” things, but are you truly abiding in Christ?John 15:4 – “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
If we are truly going to be an effective witness for Jesus, we must be seeing, hearing, and experiencing a personal walk with him every day.