Monday, June 24, 2019

Witness

“Witness”

Are you a witness in your Jerusalem? I mean, are you as Jesus said, “a witness to Me in Jerusalem?” (Acts 1:8). Perhaps you are concerned and even afraid of this command from Jesus Christ? Does it mean door-to-door salesman work of evangelism? Or is it a lifestyle that tells a story that brings curiosity from those who see and watch you? An experience of the Holy Spirit in your life should be evidence of the Fruit of The Spirit in your life. This is a willingness that basic holiness from God now operates in your life. This is fruit that has been growing until it ripens. Green fruit is bitter or sour, ripe fruit is sweet and satisfying, rotten fruit is awful and to be thrown away. What kind of fruit are you? Do people look at you and mentally want to throw a tomato at you? Is it your judgementalism?  Is it your arrogance, divisiveness and or behavior inconsistent with biblical teaching? One wonderful thought speaks of preaching the gospel at all times and if you must use words. This is consistent with my last essay about being “Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger”  (James 1:19). It is my desire in this increasingly shrill world that I not try to meet the clamor, but be calm and considerate of everyone. Trying to be at peace with everyone is a good goal, remembering that there seem to be an increasing number of people who will not be at peace with you (Romans 12:18). 

So, how should we witness? Mother Theresa had good thoughts on this subject:
   People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.
           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.
            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.
         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.
Ben is a friend of mine who is a singer, songwriter and radio host. He wrote a song called Witness. It is about being a good witness wherever you go. I enjoy his folksy guitar version on River West Radio in Milwaukee where I am his sometimes guest. It always gives me pause to ask myself if I am being more like Mother Theresa or CNN, can I get a witness? Truth is not whatever you want to believe. There are absolute truths, a fact that our cultural Marxist or atheist society has decided to disregard. Nonetheless I will be God’s witness to the truth whenever I can. Shalom!

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