Compelling witness

“They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.””

1 John 1:42

Have you ever been called to testify as a witness to an accident?

Being a witness simply means telling your story. Describing what you saw happen.

So why is it that many of us as Christians get cold feet when we hear that we are being called to be a witness for Christ?

For some of us, witnessing means marketing God…as if God were the latest digital camera or household item one shouldn’t be without.

We view witnessing in a way like doing door-to-door sales, and some methods of witnessing even involve going door-to-door trying to convince strangers that they need God.

This is the reputation witnessing has for many people in the church. And it’s often the picture many people outside the church have of us as Christians as well.

The Apostle John demonstrates that the role of a witness is simply to tell others that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. And to tell about own personal experience of God’s transforming power in our lives. Honestly most people just want to hear personal stories that are real.

The Christian message became real in the person of Jesus. His followers heard Him and could see Him and touch Him. That message is still real in our lives today.

As witnesses, our walk and talk with the Jesus who changed our life needs to rub off on the people around us.

Let us Pray: Jesus, I don’t want to just tell stories about you. I want to know you personally and tell others about that. Fill my life, Lord, with Your Word and with Your life-changing power. Amen.

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