Key Verse: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Do you know that the way you live your life, affects so many others?
Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Implementing the rules of simple grammar to this statement we see that being a witness is not a choice. It is your identity. It is not an option. It is an assumption. We often persuade ourselves that we have a decision to witness or not. But the truth is that those who have chosen to ‘not be a witness’, have actually decided on being a poor witness or a bad witness.
A survey was given to those attending training sessions for a Billy Graham crusade in Detroit. One question asked, “What is your greatest hindrance to witnessing?” Nine percent said they were too busy to remember to do it. Twenty-eight percent felt the lack of real information to share. None said they didn’t really care. Twelve percent said their own lives were not speaking as they should. But by far the largest group were the 51 percent whose biggest problem was the fear of how the other person would react!
Rick warren wrote: “Most people are scared to death to be a witness. They think a witness means they have to explain why Jesus died on the cross, quote Scripture verses from memory, and know a bunch of theology and doctrine.
You don’t have to know a single Bible verse to be a witness. Do you know the difference between a witness and an attorney? It is the job of the attorney to press the case, to show the evidence, and to ask for a decision. Not once in Scripture does Jesus say, “You will be my attorney.” It’s not your job to convince people to accept Christ. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. You’re not called to be an attorney. But you are called and commanded by God to be a witness.
What do witnesses do? They say, “This is what I saw. I saw the blue car run into the red car.” Are you an expert on cars? No. Do you know anything else? No. You just share what you’ve seen. That’s called being a witness.”
We sometimes feel it is our responsibility to convict people of sin. Jesus teaches that we witness alongside the Spirit at work in of the lives of unbelievers. God commands us and empowers us to be His witnesses.