But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea,
and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
I believe the keys words to this verse are “unto Me”. Most Christians understand we have a responsibility to share the gospel. Sometimes, though, we are intimidated to do it. We fear rejection. Many times that rejection is coupled with ridicule. Fearing rejection is a normal human emotion. Here, Jesus tells us that He is the audience, not the world. This is a practical example of the principle found in Colossians 3:23,where the Bible tells us that whatever we do, we should do it as unto Him. We are witnesses unto Him. Consider this.
- He called us witnesses, not lawyers.
All a witness has to do is tell what they saw, heard, or experienced. You’ve got a story, tell it. Jesus wants to hear it. He will take your story and make the case in the hearts of others.
- Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.
Whatever reservation or fear you may have in sharing the gospel with others, the Holy Spirit will help you overcome. In His strength, we can accomplish great things for Him.
- There are no borders to the gospel. Our witness starts individually, then spreads locally, then goes nationally and globally. The last six words Jesus spoke before going to heaven was, “the uttermost part of the earth”. The gospel can and will go everywhere. It starts with you. You are a witness “unto Me”.
God doesn’t expect you to be a theologian. He doesn’t call everyone to be a pastor or a missionary. But, He did call everyone of us to be a witness. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, tell your story. Tell it to Him and watch what He does with it.
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