Hey Christian, you are witnesses of these things!
Last week on the sermon intro blog post, I suggested that one bit of Christian lingo, the word “witness,” might not mean what you think it means.
So what does “witness” mean? Jesus says in Luke 24:36-53, that his disciples are all witnesses.
They watched his life unfold before their very eyes. A witness is one who sees something. In a court of law a witness tells the judge and jury what they saw. Those disciples saw Jesus. They witnessed his words, his works and his way.
In the same you, too, are witnesses of Jesus’ words, works and way.
In this teaching series through the book of Luke, you have had the opportunity to observe Jesus very closely. What have you seen?
In your life, you have been able to see how God has been at work over the years. What have you seen?
You are witnesses of these things. Tell the story! A witness tells the story of what they have seen.
Nike has an advertising campaign that could just as easily apply to disciples of Jesus. I love to tell the stories of athletes and their amazing accomplishments. I don’t know, but they get me fired up. I witness their performance and it amazes me and I want to talk about it. Mostly because I have played those sports many times and I know how hard it is to do what they do.
But we disciples of Jesus are witnesses of something much greater, a performance much more significant and amazing. We are witnesses of Jesus. His words, works and way. We are witnesses of his life, death and resurrection, not with our eyes, but through the transformation that he has worked in our lives. We have a story to tell!
Be ready, Jesus tells us. At all times. To be the best, caring, loving, gracious, fun, encouraging, helpful, friend you can be, because that too tells a story in an of itself.
And know that your story doesn’t have to be a lightning bolt or thunderclap of adventure. Your story doesn’t have to be perfect. Actually, it shouldn’t be perfect because none of us is perfect. Our story includes the foibles of life. And our story features God’s love and grace in midst of them.
Be ready. When Jesus says that we are witnesses, we are! We have seen him at work in our lives, and thus we tell the story of what we have seen him do. You don’t have to memorize 10 Bible verses and some really specific sales pitch to try to get people to follow Jesus. Instead, you are witnesses. You tell the story of God at work in your life. You tell the story of Jesus, his words, works and way.
How are you telling your story?