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You Will Be His Witness

by on July 9, 2013

You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.

– Acts 22:15

 As the Apostle Paul recounts his conversion before the people of Jerusalem in Acts 22, he stands before them not without some degree of previous notoriety.  He reminds them of his his status as a Jew, his authority in the Law, as trained by none other than Gamaliel himself, and he also reminds the people that his passion for preserving and protecting the traditions of the Jewish faith paralleled their own, as he wrongly persecuted those with whom he now shared a common belief in faith in Jesus Christ.
In one sentence, Ananias lays out four points to the life path that we are all called to walk:
Witness.  All people.  What you have seen.  What you have heard.
Witness
Being a witness to others for Jesus Christ brings with it more than words.  Paul demonstrates that it involves transparency of life; that all things, all deeds, all words, all actions and all thoughts speak to the glorious salvation that is offered by Christ and through Christ alone.  The life-altering Truth of Jesus Christ impacts Paul as he was called to ministry to the Gentiles, just as it impacted the way in which he continued to minister to Jews as he traveled from synagogue to synagogue.
All People
We don’t get to pick and choose those to whom we are called to share Christ.  God brings to each of us opportunities throughout the day, week and months.  Our witness can be short-term or long term.  Our message must be clear.
What You Have Seen
Ananias may specifically be referencing Paul’s conversion experience, but it would be good for us to remember that Paul has seen the Lord’s hand upon himself and upon others as he has lived his life in service to God.  Paul has seen Divine Intervention.  Paul has seen prayed answered.  He has seen needs met, opportunities to serve others, and most importantly:  God’s forgiveness in his own life.  Sometimes, spiritual examples are obvious to see, and difficult to see at other times.  We need to be on the lookout, so we can tell others what we have seen.
What You Have Heard
Jesus provided Paul with special instruction.  We have access to God’s Holy Spirit through prayer and through His Scripture.  It sharpens and penetrates, convicts and illuminates.  When I share my words and opinions, they do not come with any promises, other than to be ideas or thoughts of my own.  The living and active Word of God never returns empty, and always accomplishes what God desires of it to accomplish, and exposes all things (Hebrews 4:12-13 and Isaiah 55:11).
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”   Philippians 4:9
2 Comments
  1. greg permalink

    A witness is not what we do, but what we are.

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