THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (ESV)
OUR MISSION INVOLVES ALL OF US
In his book, Love Is Now, Peter Gilquist mentioned that he and several other friends were invited to speak to a group of UCLA students. After the meeting, a young man expressed a desire to discuss the matter of salvation. The student said that he really wanted what he saw in the lives of believers. But he hesitated to make a commitment because he thought he would have to tell others about Jesus. Gilquist, however, assured him that to become a Christian he was not required to do anything but place his trust in Christ.
Realizing that salvation is by God’s grace through faith, the student gladly received the Lord Jesus as his Savior. But a strange thing happened as he went back to his fraternity house. He met a friend and told him of his newfound faith in Christ. Before the day was over, he had testified to every one of his fraternity brothers about Jesus.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus taught “when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” Witnessing for Christ was going to be the natural outflow of having the Spirit’s presence in their lives. Witnessing was never supposed to be a forced or coerced activity.
Love for God should be the primary motivator for telling others about Him. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” Our witness for Christ should reflect a grateful and loving heart toward Jesus. Do you have a sincere desire to share salvation’s blessings with others?
Thank God for the privilege of being in a loving relationship with Him. Thank God for the privilege to help others hear about God’s offer of mercy and grace.