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Christian Witness in Everyday Life
“You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock…” – Isaiah 44:8
I love Isaiah 44:7-9 about witnessing because it does two things at once: it shows God's intent that his people speak up for God and about God as his witnesses, and it roots witnessing in the Old Testament. Being a witness is a big deal in the Bible and in God's plan.
Many people see witnessing as a holy chore that induces guilt. That's because we often think of witnessing as evangelizing, preaching the good news about Jesus. Evangelizing typically involves leading a person to conversion and new life in Christ.
It's a great gift and privilege to be able to do that. But it's likely that only a small percentage of Christians have the gift of evangelism.
A witness, however, is someone who can tell what she knows about Jesus and can share what Jesus means in her life. That's all. In other words, being a witness is for everyone who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord. The phenomenal expansion of the church in history comes from believers' being witnesses, showing and telling others how Christ has changed our lives.
Witness involves pointing to what God does in the world and in our lives. If the Holy Spirit has made Jesus real to you as Lord and Savior, then you have a story and you're set for being a witness.
What's your story about Jesus in your life?
Lord, deliver me from any feelings of inadequacy or guilt I might have about speaking up for you. Help me to introduce you to other people in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I’m Stan Baldwin.
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