100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 16
You Are a Witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8)
Big John, my husband’s grandfather, lived an interesting life. Although I never knew him, I could share some facts about his love of baseball, his military tours, and his retirement years in Fountain Hills, Arizona. But, if you were to ask me about my mother, I would go into much greater depth about her life. Mom is not just someone I knew about, she was my mother and was involved in my everyday life for approximately forty years.
In the same way, the disciples had experiences with Jesus. They were with Him when He taught with authority. They saw innumerable miracles happen. Some saw Him transfigured and later saw Him suffer and die. They all saw Jesus resurrected from the dead and witnessed His ascension to heaven.
“We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32).
Though you did not witness Christ’s ministry 2000 years ago, still you are His witness because of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus prepared His friends for His soon-coming departure and told them that He will ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit, and He will be with them and in them. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).
Today, the faithful followers of Christ are witnesses of Jesus Christ because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. The revelation of the Savior to the world comes through your transformed life. With or without words, your life gives testimony to the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is alive!
“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness” (Romans 8:9-10).
The person who previously lived only to satisfy personal desires in obedience to the sinful nature, now cannot help but to serve others, and that is a living testimony to the power and presence of God in their life. I recall a conversation another swim team mom and I had about my home schooling experience. The thought of teaching my children everyday bewildered her, so she reasoned that I must have great patience. I shared that I do have a big measure of patience but that is only because of God changing me from who I used to be- a very impatient person!
What testimony do you have from experiencing the resurrection power of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit? If Jesus has come into your life, then you know your life has not been the same. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (1 Corinthians 5:17). If, however, you cannot identify any change in your life, you can ask a family member or a trusted friend if they detect anything different about you.
You have experiential knowledge.
Pastor Jim Rodriguez says, “If your gospel isn’t touching others, it hasn’t touched you.” Think about the implications of those words. If you have been changed by Jesus, then you are impacting others around you because of His holy presence with you. But, if you have not been changed for God’s glory, then you are unable to lead others to trust in His faithful name. You cannot give away what you do not have.
Child of God, you are a witness for Jesus, and because you experience Him, you reveal the Lord like John the disciple did. “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).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Read John 14-16