Monday, July 18, 2011

Spiritual Theme: Be My Witness

What is a witness? As anyone who has ever watched a crime show or been in a courtroom knows, a witness is someone who sees or experiences something and can legitimately testify to its valididy. Basically, we believe someone if they've actually witnessed something and didn't hear about it secondhand.

This month’s spiritual theme at Faith Alive is BE MY WITNESS. It’s based on Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

This means that we need to tell others how we've seen or experienced God's presence, and we're to start by telling those close to us--even as close as our own churches. But wait. Aren’t our churches already holy and filled with love? Pastor Ben at Faith Alive says, “No! It is worldliness, hatred, envy, jealousness and all kinds of evils we find in the church of today. We therefore have to start afresh witnessing of Christ’s love, holiness and righteousness right in the church, our homes, and societies and across board to the ends of the earth. Sometimes we are deceived by assumptions and carried away by familiarity and the outward appearance of those close to us or in our inner circle that we tend to look far away with the issue of evangelism. But Jesus is saying we should look and start within the circle.”

Before pointing a finger at our churches and other people, however, we need to remember that three fingers are pointing right back at us. Are you filled with holiness and the love of Jesus Christ? If so, be His witness and tell your story to others. If not, ask God to bring someone else to share their story with you. Together, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will keep God’s story alive.

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