A Credible Witness
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT
After His resurrection and just before His ascension back to heaven, Jesus made this bold declaration to His followers, “you will receive power….you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere….”
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives transforms us into witnesses. A witness is not someone who has been trained in Bible theology and is prepared to debate the truth of God’s Word. A witness is simply someone who has first-hand experience of something and can tell others what they saw.
Suppose you were standing on a street corner, and there was an accident at the intersection. You saw the whole thing and knew that one car ran a red light and hit the other car. When the police arrived, they would ask what you saw. You would be a witness because you saw what happened.
If someone else saw the accident and told you about it and then you volunteered to be a witness, your testimony would not be admissible in court because it was not a first-hand account. If you are reporting what someone else saw, it is hearsay. A true witness must have first-hand experience.
As a witness for Jesus, I must have a personal life transformation. I don’t have to debate scripture or historical evidence; I just have to know that once I was a sinner, and now I am a child of God. Once I was in bondage to sin, and now I am free.
When we have experienced something great in our lives, we want to talk about it. If I make a great shot in golf—a rare event—I want to tell someone. In fact, I want to tell everyone. It is amazing how after a great shot, I can work golf into almost any conversation.
It is the same with someone who has experienced God’s grace and mercy. We want to tell others what Jesus has done for us. We want people to know they too can experience this transformation. The Spirit within us helps us with the words to say. It flows naturally out of us. It is not a memorized speech but a recounting of our story of transformation.
Holy Spirit, I open my heart today to a fresh infusion of Your presence and power in my life. I ask that You help me to see people in my life to whom I can be a witness.
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