Because I’ve Seen and Heard
Do you wonder if you are effective in making disciples? I mean, if today marks the return of Christ for His bride, would you feel confident that you reached all the people who you could have reached?
If you have your doubts, know that I do too! But we’re not beating ourselves over this analysis! We just want to be found in Christ and following His commands. He told us that through abiding and obedience, we will have His complete joy. So no condemnation here, okay?
I notice a parallel in the Bible that I believe will fuel our disciple-making:
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).
Jesus said, “…the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing,” and “I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me” (John 5:19, 8:28).
If Jesus spoke and did only what He heard His Father say and do, and if the disciples proclaimed only what they saw Jesus do and heard Him say, then we must have the same testimony if we want others to have fellowship with us- the fellowship we enjoy with God the Father.
Seeing and hearing are key components of our relationship with the Father in heaven. In other words, we experience Him. But do not fear! More than your desire to know intimately your God is His desire to be known intimately by you! His Word says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The apostle Paul’s cry of his heart was, “I want to know Christ…” (Philippians 3:10). And Moses requested of God, “Show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18). You and I echo their passion when we ask our Lord to reveal Himself to us- a simple way of saying, “I want to know You.”
Maybe you’re a Christian and wondering if you have a testimony to share- something to relate to others based on what you have seen and heard. A good place to start is to reveal what change has occurred in your life since you surrendered it to Jesus Christ. You have first hand experience with Christ, made evident by the fact that you are not the same person!
Take some time to reflect on the power of God made visible in your life. Realize that you don’t think the same way, talk the same way or act the same way! Give God praise for His obvious work of redemption. Overflow with expressions of thankfulness, and keep on thanking Him. The Father enjoys your grateful heart and will likely reveal Himself even more when He finds you in such a glorious state of mind and heart! So be prepared to have even further witness of what you have seen and heard!
Loving Him and you,