How to be a Witness
“So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the Earth.”
– Acts 1:6-8
The book of Acts is a very important book of the Bible that instructs the modern Christian on how to continue the mission Jesus gave the disciples.
The author of Acts is believed to be Luke, who also wrote one of the four Gospels telling of Jesus’ time on earth. The Gospel of Luke shows Jesus’ mission and ministry and ends with Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. The book of Acts picks up with Jesus giving His final command and ascending back into Heaven.
In the verses above, Jesus tells the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. After they receive this power, they are to be commissioned as witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the Earth. Jesus called them to be a witness to the people close to them (Jerusalem) like family, friends, and neighbors. Jesus also commands His disciples to be a witness to those who they may not know (Judea). Finally, Jesus calls His disciples to be witnesses to those they do not like or want to be around, like Samaria. If Jews needed to travel in the same direction as the country of Samaria, they would make a big detour to avoid that country. Yet Jesus wanted His disciples to be witnesses to them.
This passage is directed to all believers in Christ. Jesus tells us how to be a witness for Him by first receiving the Holy Spirit. After receiving the Holy Spirit, Jesus tells all believers to then go and be a witness to others who don’t have a relationship with Him. Evangelism can sometimes be intimidating. Fortunately, God sends us power through the Holy Spirit. God desires to use us to grow His kingdom through evangelism with everyone we come across.
Evangelism plays a major role in our lives as believers. Often, we choose not to evangelize because it can be an uncomfortable task and we worry about what the other person may think. But through our faith, we know that we are not alone as God has provided us the Holy Spirit to help us serve Him.
Pray: Dear God, show me the people in my life who You want me to reach with the gospel. Please remove any doubt or fear from my heart and let me be a faithful servant. In Your power, I pray You powerfully use me to reach those around me with the love of Jesus Christ.
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