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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Witness Just Shares What They've Seen God Do

In review of 1 Peter 3:15 it says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Bottom Line:
Worship Christ as Lord of your life. Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you for the reason for your hope and belief that you have. Yet do this in a gentle and respectful way.

What this means to me:
I am to honor Christ, letting him be the Lord my life. I am to always be prepared to provide an answer to anyone who asks about the reason and the hope that I have. I am to do this in a gentle and respectful way.

Its probably safe to say that everyone I see this week has some form of hidden hurt and could use a massive dose of hope. When I share hope, I’ll have a willing audience.

The hope that best helps people is the hope from someone who can say, “Been there, done that.” What I’m learning is, this is how God wants to use me. God wants me to be a hope dispenser by sharing my experiences and what He has done for me.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (NIV). God is asking me to be his witness.

I tend to shy about from being a witness. I tend to think a witness means that I’d have to explain why Jesus died on the cross, quote a bunch of Scripture verses from memory, and know a bunch of theology and doctrine.

There's a difference between a witness and an attorney. It is the job of the attorney to press the case, to show the evidence, and to ask for a decision. Not once in Scripture does Jesus say, “You will be my attorney.” It’s not my job to convince people to accept Christ. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. I’m not called to be an attorney. However, I am called and commanded by God to be a witness.

A witness will say, “This is what I saw. I saw the blue car run into the red car.” Am I an expert on cars? No. Do I know anything else? No. I just share what I've seen or experienced. That’s the true essence of being called being a witness.

So how does God want me to be a witness this week to the unbelievers around me who are hurting and need hope? He wants me to say, “Pain really got my attention. Let me tell you what I learned. I learned that I need people in my life when I’m going through pain. I learned that God is all I need. You don’t know God is all you need until God is all you've got. I learned that God’s going to hang with me no matter what.”

I share the lessons I've learned through my own pain and trials. I can say, “Let me tell you about a time that something bad happened to me but God brought good out of it.” That’s what God commands me to do; to pass on my hope.

I can prepare to be a better witness but just being conscience of opportunities that come my way. Then open up, be honest and share what I've experienced.  Today I ask God for an opportunity to practice this.

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