Thursday, February 25, 2016
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 ESV
Oh my, oh my, oh my! Just thinking about Jesus’ statement to His disciples is invigorating. To all those who believe on His name, He has given them power… power to be His witnesses.
Being a witness of Jesus is more than saying “I’m saved”, carrying a Bible everywhere or driving with a sticker on your car that reads “Too Blessed to Be Stressed”.
Being a witness of Jesus is really about living a life that is being transformed by the indwelling presence and power of God and sharing this life with others.
As true witnesses of Jesus, we demonstrate that He is really alive and that His resurrection power is working in us as we are being daily changed into His image.
We learn to triumph over difficulties, love beyond condition and live beyond limitation. We choose to speak words of life and hope to those who need it. We do our best to walk in peace, love and forgiveness when the voices around us scream “have your way at any cost”, “hate your enemies”, and “get revenge on those who hurt you”. We become strong, resilient, humble, joyful, thankful and gracious people who make a difference in the world.
So, whichever part of the world you are currently in, whether Jerusalem, Sydney, Madagascar, New York City or Ecuador… you are empowered to be a witness of Jesus right where you are! People are drawn to the Jesus that we talk about when they see Him in us.
Walk confidently today knowing that you are empowered to live as a witness of an extraordinary man because you carry the power of an extraordinary God!