Saturday, August 20, 2005

A witness to the people: Is 55:4-5

"Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, and a nation which knows you not will run to you, because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you." (Isaiah 55:4-5)
We have been called to be witnesses. Jesus, just before He ascended into heaven, told His disciples, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) Being a witness is more than just telling people the plan of salvation. Being a witness is giving testimony to what we have seen, heard, and experienced. It is not enough to simply give people information, but we are to share with them our life experiences with Jesus. John put it this way, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard , what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life -- what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1, 3) We cannot witness to what we do not have. People do not need what we know but what we have. Before we can witness to the power of God, we need to experience it ourselves. Before we can testify to the love of God, we need to have believed and known it for ourselves. Do you want to be a witness? Press into God and get something from Him and then go tell someone else. In doing this you will be a faithful witness of God.

David Robison

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