Big Rocks for Strong Christ-Followers
Today’s Big Rock: Jesus Wants Witnesses – Part VI
Scripture Foundation: Acts 1:8
“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.”
Do you know anyone that loves to argue? Do you enjoy arguing about issues that matter to you?
It is not wrong to have strong feelings about issues. This is especially true about the Good News of the Gospel and wanting unbelievers to receive it. But the Bible has a lot to say about making our points by arguing. Look at these verses:
Do everything without complaining and arguing. (Philippians 2:14)
Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them. (2 Timothy 2:14)
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. (2 Timothy 2:23)
I have entitled this section of devotionals “Jesus Wants Witnesses”. A witness does not really argue a perspective, they simply say what they have seen.
We do not need to argue about whether someone believes what we think they ought to believe about God. All we need to do is tell what Jesus has done for us and witness to the fact that He has changed us for the good!
Have you ever had someone tell you how great their experience has been with a particular product? What is your tendency after a conversation like that?
For me, I tend to go out and buy that exact product, especially if it is a product that I really need! The reason a conversation like that persuades us is because that person was not trying to sell us. They were simply telling about what worked for them.
All Jesus asks of His followers is to be a witness to what He did for them.
We do not do the “saving” with our conversation or our arguments. Nor do we have the responsibility of convincing others. That is the job of the Holy Spirit. All Jesus asks of us is to be an honest witness.
There are many Christ-followers who are uncomfortable about having the right words to tell someone about following Jesus. We can give the reason for our hope in Christ by focusing on one thing: He loves everyone, and it is His desire for everyone to be saved!
Father, thank you for all you have done for me! I can witness to those facts. In Jesus’s name, amen.