By Jim West, Lead Pastor, Colonial Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
[Jesus said:] “But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
If you feel overwhelmed by Acts 1:8, it is highly likely your discomfort pales in comparison to the initial reaction of the disciples who first heard these words spoken. There are two things to note:
- Jesus did not charge his followers to “just do it.” He first promised them POWER unlike any power they had ever known – the power of the Holy Spirit which enabled them to witness effectively. Their testimony comes as a result of the Holy Spirit living in them.
- Jesus did not say, “you might become witnesses.” Jesus said, “You willbe witnesses.” If the Holy Spirit is in you as a follower of Jesus, you WILL be a witness.
We usually encounter the word “witness” in the language of law. We might imagine a person taking the stand in a courtroom swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But we bear witness every day to those things we hold to be true regarding many subjects ranging from the best BBQ in Kansas City to the best fertilizer for our yards.
Our charge as Christians is to trust God and rely upon the Holy Spirit to help us bear witness to the most important, life-changing, personal and transformational truth in our lives…the good news about Jesus Christ.
The gospel can bring hope and healing to this broken world. And according to Acts 1:8, we need to start where we are—our Jerusalem. Start with your neighbors, your co-workers, and those who are in your sphere of influence.
It’s not about the results; it’s about obedience to our Lord and love for our neighbors who need Jesus. You can do this! The Holy Spirit will empower you! The time is now.
Take a moment and ask God to arrange divine appointments that will provide you the opportunity to bear witness to who Jesus is. Then pray for courage to simply tell the truth.
Holy Spirit, help me to make use of every opportunity to share the gospel with others.