In my daily Bible reading program a chapter of the book of Acts is read daily. I have read this book so many times that I am don’t think it is having the impact it did on me as it did in the beginning.
I have decided, for my benefit, and for yours hopefully, to attempt to write a daily devotional from my readings. Last Thursday was the first, but at that time I hadn’t decided to do this. I hope you will enjoy them, if not, let me know. It won’t hurt my feelings.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts1:8).
When Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” we seem to think this means that we need to go out and speak to everyone about Jesus. Now, I really do believe that we need to go out and proclaim the Gospel, but I think the choice of words used here is interesting: “You will be my witnesses”; In other words, your life, as well as your words, is a witness to the world about Jesus.
This is something we all should think about; It really does matter what I do, and how I live, as much, or more than my words. It is one of the reasons so many people are turned off to Christianity. They really don’t want to be like some of us. They don’t see any differences in being a Christian except going to church some. They don’t see any difference between Christians and everyone else.
What about you and me? How do people see us? What kind of a witness are we? What kind of a witness do we want to be? Are there inconsistencies between our lives and our witness? What doesn’t match up between our life and our witness?
Something to think about on this beautiful day!
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,