"Then Jesus came to [the disciples] and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"
Matthew 28:18-20The account of Jesus' ascension in Acts 1 adds some more insight:
"[Jesus] said to [the disciples]: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power then the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'"
Acts 1:7-8We are called to be Christ's witnesses, making disciples "of all nations." For some Christians, that means going to faraway countries to preach the Gospel. For others, that means witnessing for Jesus in our neighborhoods, workplaces and towns. Jesus told the disciples they would be witnesses in Jerusalem--the city they were in at the time--and in Judea--the country where they were.
Being Christ's witnesses doesn't necessarily mean going to Africa or China or Russia to be a missionary.
It means sharing our faith in our daily lives, everywhere we go.
No believer has an excuse for NOT being a witness.
And no believer has to despair that they don't have the time, money or resources to become a missionary to a foreign country.
We are witnesses in the places and vocations in which God has placed us.
For me, that means I am a witness at home (yes, to my husband, even though he is a believer!), at school, at work, in my little town, and to my friends, acquaintances and others who read what I put on the internet every day.
(Have you ever thought of that? Your Facebook posts, tweets, and blog posts are all part of your Christian witness! How are you sharing the love of Christ through your online presence?)
These passages in Matthew and Acts are always a wake-up call for me. It's a conviction: I need to be aware of how I'm witnessing Christ, and be intentional about it! And it's also an encouragement: I have been given the incredible privilege of representing the God of the universe, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to every person I see each day.
How incredible is that?
My encouragement, to myself and to you, today is this:
Look for ways God has given you to witness him.
Be intentional at least once today about speaking the Gospel and the name of Jesus to someone you normally wouldn't.
Remember--God will give you the words to say, because His Holy Spirit is in your heart.
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The Houtz House Party; New Life Steward; A Wise Woman Builds Her Home; Deep Roots at Home; Women Living Well