“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.”
– Jesus Christ, Acts 1:8
Not power to perform miracles, have fantastic bible studies or to live a problem-free life. No, it was power to be a witness. Kind of tells us what the priority of the church is to be.
As we begin our Sunday morning teaching series in the book of Acts – WITNESS – a few pretty random thoughts…
- Being a witness will perturb some people sometimes. The persecution of the church was almost immediate and it was because they gave witness to the resurrection of Christ. It still ruffles feathers today – hear or read anything about Tebow lately?
- Some people witness with their lifestyle only – they are loving, generous, and accepting. Extremely important. But words must accompany our witness. People must hear that Jesus had made the difference in our lives and that He is the way. Actions alone fall short.
- Some people are all about the words – they are very verbal about their faith but their actions betray what they claim to believe. They are judgmental, selfish and morally compromised. Words without corresponding lifestyle end up doing more harm than good.
- Effective witnessing involves just being real. Not trying to pass yourself off as better than what you really are or pretending like you have all the answers but just being open and honest about yourself and your spiritual journey.
- Anytime a person turns toward God it is a bona fide miracle. That is evidence of God doing direct business with someone. We cannot “save” anyone. We cannot coerce them, persuade them, or reason them across the line of faith. Only God can do that. Our job is to humbly but boldly witness and pray. Then leave our unsaved loved ones in God’s hands.
Join me in praying for our church. Pray that God uses our study in Acts to sharpen our witness for him – individually and as a church. We want to represent him properly. We want to see many cross the line of faith and give their life to Christ in 2012. I’m excited to see what God will do.