Witnesses

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8

This verse is about being a witness.  It is what Jesus told His disciples right before He ascended back to Heaven, leaving them to carry on His work here on Earth.  He told them that He would give them power and that they were to be witnesses “unto me.”  He gave the disciples a responsibility: to be witnesses.  He has given us the same responsibility.  If we have a responsibility, we should be doing it.  And, in order to do it, we need to know exactly what it is.  What does it mean to be a “witness.”

Being a witness is simply telling what you have seen.  If you are a witness during a trial, you are called upon to tell what you saw that relates to the case at hand.  A few years ago, Nike came out with a slogan for a basketball player (LeBron James) that was one word: Witness.  It was on t-shirts, billboards, signs and commercials.  The idea behind it was that we were all supposed to witnessing LeBron James’ greatness.  We were supposed to watch and pay attention and see something.

As Christians, we have witnessed something far greater than a basketball player.  We have witnessed Jesus Christ saving our souls.  We have seen what He has done in our lives and in the lives of others.  We have seen the Bible come alive and have seen Him answer prayers.  We have seen Him help us and comfort us.  We have seen all of these things.  To be a witness simply means to tells others about what we have seen.

If you read the book of Acts, witnessing is exactly what these men did.  They simply told their story: the story of their interaction and relationship with Jesus.  We should be telling the same thing!

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