Wednesday, November 8th
Devotional written by Pastor Brian Field, Missions Pastor
CALLING THE FIRST WITNESS
To read today:
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.
When it comes to the “e” word (evangelism), many within the church struggle to think that their primary role is to become Jesus’ legal counsel. Some believe their role is to play the prosecuting attorney determined to bring conviction to a sinful world. Others see themselves more like a defense attorney trying to protect Jesus from the growing distaste of organized religion in our culture today. Many are unsure if they should wear the hat of the prosecuting attorney, the defense, or both. Many often feel intimidated by the prospect of playing either role and decide that engaging in evangelism is not their cup of tea.
While it is important to understand why you believe what you believe and to have a reasonable defense for your faith (2 Peter 3:15), Jesus did not call us to be His legal counsel. Instead, he called us to be His witnesses. A witness is someone who gives testimony to something they have seen firsthand. Witnesses are called forth to verify the truth of what happened. When it comes to sharing your faith, your primary role is to be a witness to what Jesus has done in your life and the lives of those around you. This is your testimony. How have you encountered Jesus? What have you seen God do? What did you experience? How has that encounter shaped you and caused you to view the world differently? If you have truly encountered Jesus, you have a testimony, and Jesus has called you to be a witness of what He has done.
Reflection: Think of a specific way that you have encountered Jesus. What did that encounter look like, and how has it transformed you? Tell someone about it today.