Tuesday - October 19th
Scripture to Read Today: Acts 1:1-11
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 ends of the earth.
The U.S. dropped a 6,800 kg BLU-82 bomb to conduct psychological warfare against Iraqi troops during the Gulf War of 1991. A British military unit that witnessed the explosion assumed the U.S. had used a nuclear weapon and radioed back to their headquarters, "Sir, the blokes have just nuked Kuwait!" While their report was in error, they shared what they thought they saw. They believed they should communicate with their superiors what they witnessed. Thankfully, the American "blokes" had not dropped a nuclear bomb.
In Acts 1:8, Luke recorded our Lord calling His followers "witnesses." Jesus said to the disciples, "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 ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). The Spirit of God would empower the disciples to be bold and brave in sharing what they knew about and had seen in Jesus. They would be witnesses of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ!
The Holy Spirit empowers every follower of Christ to share what they have experienced in Him. To be a witness means you tell what you have seen. For example, turn on any evening local news broadcast and at least three or four stories will have eyewitnesses describing their account of a car chase, a robbery, or the devastation caused by a storm. Witnesses simply communicate what they have seen or heard.
Likewise, as the followers of Jesus, we are to bear witness to others of the incredible love of God seen through the person and work of His Son. As part of our everyday conversations, we are to describe to others who Jesus is, why He came, and what He means in our lives today. We are His witnesses.
While the Holy Spirit provides the power, opportunity, and clarity we need to share Christ with others, we need to embrace those wide-open windows when we can witness. Look for opportunities throughout your day today. There will be moments in your day to share something about the Lord. Will you take them?
Remember, you are His witness wherever you go!