Witnesses

Witnesses

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 1:8

A witness is a person who experiences an event. We all witness events every day. We eat meals, take walks or drives, have conversations, and go to jobs. We also have events that we experience less often: cheering at sporting events, attending concerts, going on vacation, and shopping. 

I have more experiences than I have memories. But there are a few I recall. I remember as a child crowding in the center of a Wal-Mart in central Indiana as a tornado siren wailed. I remember marrying Jillian on a blustery April day. I remember being present when each of my children were born. I remember the moment I told God I believe in him. 

As humans we tend to share some of our experiences, keep some to ourselves, and lose some to time. As Christians, we need to be sharers of God’s activities in this world. The disciples of Jesus saw him raise Lazarus from the dead, heal instantly a woman who had bled for 12 year, show grace to a woman caught in adultery, etc. Jesus’ disciple John wrote “Jesus did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). They seem to have had sharable stories. Do we? 

In a season of change, have you seen reassurances you’ve made the right move? In a time of anguish and lamentation, have you felt peace? In a time of need, have you received the love of a care package or hot meal from a fellow believer? Just because Jesus isn’t physically next to us, doesn’t mean he isn’t here. He is not in the tomb. He is alive and he proves it by his sharable activities in this world. Let us see and hear these shareable activities and share them with others! 

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