Acts 22:15-“For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard.”
Have you read this common saying “Our lives may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”? Believers, do we remember the time when we thought we weren’t related to Jesus in anyway? Being born a christian, Jesus was the picture on the wall, like the Last Supper wall-hanging in our dining room. Jesus was our go-to in times of trouble. And then, we went about our routines in a lost, meaningless way. We went from day to day in a habitual, nonexcited and unpurposed mode, handling what came about and moving to the next. But that was that – Jesus was our Sunday routine. This routine continued until one day, the Holy Spirit convicted us of God’s love. It must have been a situation, a friend’s testimony, a sermon, or the healing of family that showed us the power of God’s love. The Bible says ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’. The first taste is all it took to keep our eager want going. We could never get enough.
After our first taste-just like a baby grows into a toddler, young child, teenager and adult-we must grow spiritually from the first taste of God to soft food graduating to hard and tough food, even bite into bones! Yes, we cannot stay a baby…we need to do our part.
Even today people are alone, helpless and hopeless. They do not know who Christ is, what Christ has done for them, or what they can have if they only believe. ‘If God is for us, who can stand against us?’
We need to be that somebody who talks to others so that the Holy Spirit may convict them of God’s love just as it happened to us.
But, what if they thrash me? What do I say? Where do I begin?
When Jesus called you to be His witness, He already equipped you for the same – wisdom for what to talk at that time, language to speak fluently, courage to go and speak to a stranger about this, good health to move about to talk to people, and everything else required for this task. More than all of this, if God has asked you to do something, know that He has prepared the situation, He has prepared you, and He has gone before you to prepare the hearts to hear what you will say. God does not force us to be His witness. In this hopeless and ever degrading world that is hurting, we can step into our appointed position as messenger of hope in God and the love of God. God loves us no matter what, with His eternal and unconditional love, even if we decide that we we cannot be his witness at the present moment.
Why are you here? Why were you born? What is the main purpose of your life?