What is our responsibility as followers of Jesus today?

He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” Acts 1:7-8 (The Message)

Christians have been conned, in the course of recent years, into believing a lie. If we are good, live right, go to church, and pray, then we will be doing what God wants of us. Unfortunately this is a misunderstanding of God’s will for those who would follow Jesus perpetuated by church institututions and a society that is afraid of the truth. What God wills is that every believer should receive the Holy Spirit and be witnesses to the work of God in Jesus at home, through out their nation, and even in other nations. This is not something we can do in our own human strength but only with the sure and certain faith that has experience of God’s intimate presence. Trying to be good alone, and in our own strength, gets us nowhere with God. Living right has its benefits but following the will of God for our lives, through his strength, is better. Going to church serves a purpose if it is that we do so to meet with God and his people to hear from him and follow his will, and prayer is only effective when we do so in the Spirit.

Being witnesses to Jesus means persevering in relationships to bring others to the knowledge of God. Being witnesses to Jesus means speaking truth (in a loving manner) when it would be easier to remain silent. Being witnesses to Jesus means experiencing the tranforming power of God in our own lives in order that it might be real in the lives of those people that God draws us to.

Lord, let my whole life, in the sight of others, in the words I speak, and in what I do, witness your sacrifical love and power to others today. Amen.