by Pastor Mark Jordan
“You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15, NIV)
We’ve made it to the end of our series this week about the components of the membership vows for the church, and how they can help us form our resolutions for 2018 to be a more faithful follower of Jesus. We explored prayer as a way to keep connected to God and each other. We saw how our participation in the life of the church is important to encourage others, building them up while also building up the church. We considered how our generosity is a blessing to the church so the church can be a blessing for others. And yesterday, we talked about how we are called to live a life of service as opposed to expecting others to serve us. As we finish this series, we also must think about how important it is to be a witness for who God is and what God has done.
The word, witness, can have a dual meaning. On one hand, it refers to someone who has seen and heard something. On the other hand, it also refers to the story you can tell. For the Jesus follower, it is about seeing and what God has done in your life — that witness becomes a testimony. From Jesus’ Great Commission to His ascension, we see that He wants His followers to be witnesses to the world; i.e., to see where He is at work in the world, and to tell others about it. All of this is for the sake of others, so we may stay connected, encouraged, sustained, and active in the faith; after all, the Jesus movement is just that…a movement propelled by God’s actions for the purpose of helping build His forever family.
Your witness matters. How have you witnessed God at work in your life? How can you testify to that movement? Will you resolve to share about what God has done in your life this new year? For as you can see, God wants your experience of Him to be holistic, so the way you pray, the things you say, as well as the way you spend your time, energy, and money points others to Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for helping me explore what it means to live my life for you. I know I can see your fingerprints all over my life, and you want me to testify to that so others might come to know you, too. May I always speak highly of yo, and the work you are doing in your family, the church. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.