Christ has called us to be his witness. Witnessing is powerful only when it either encourages or gently convicts the listener otherwise, it is empty and just a collection of interpretations from famous authors and videos pulled from youtube. This kind of witnessing neither benefits the listener nor brings any contentment on the part of the speaker.
A true witness is the one who has heard and seen the truth that lies at the core of the word of God. A witness is not the one who reads a passage from scripture and runs out to share it with others but the one who meditates on the word by spending time with the Lord, experiences the deep joy that the word brings and tests the firmness of the word when everything else seems to fall apart, but the word still retains its authority as the chief source of peace and security.
Christ has called us to see, hear and learn from his word. When we come to spend time in his presence, we experience unique joy, love and a deeper revelation that brings us closer to the Lord. We come out renewed, convicted and free. In freedom when we testify Christ, our testimony will not only be powerful but will melt the hardest of hearts. The listener will experience a special feeling of being wounded and healed at the same time, for the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates to our deepest core. The one who has experienced the penetrating power of the word becomes instrumental in spreading the word effectively.
Jesus asked his disciples to wait until the power has been poured down on them from above. Since Jesus is same yesterday, today and forever, he is still asking us to wait in silence, learn from his word in quietness and then go out and witness.
Has the one witnessing Christ been made perfect? By no means, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. All of us are bound to fall, but doesn’t our falling reveal the saving grace of God to our deepest core. Doesn’t it prove that there is just one who is perfect and the rest of us are the same.
All we could do is to try to live a Godly life and become sensitive enough to realize our own shortfalls and come to the cross for renewal. Christ has not called us to witness because we are perfect, He has called us to witness so that by seeing the amazing power of the word of God in the lives of others we may fall down at HIS greatness and raise our hands in prayer every time we feel tempted.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell”.
The Prince of Peace is empowering his people by his divine word to destroy sin at the very moment it become apparent. An urgent action is required so that the act of the sinful nature may not bear any fruit.
The Lord is asking his people to:
- Become violent and not be at peace until the sin is thrown out completely.
- Acknowledge that sin exists and sinful nature is predominant in the members of our body.
- The greatest lose is to get lost in hell for eternity and the greatest gain is the salvation that has come down through Jesus. Guard your salvation.
- The power is within you to resist temptation.
- Work on a double action strategy against temptation to commit sin – not just take it out but to destroy it completely by throwing it away.
- The members of your body are blessed and it is your duty to retain its blessedness by being aware of the urge to sin.
- Become diligent and vigilant for our fight is with indwelling sinful nature.
Is it that easy to resist temptation and come out clean every time we are tempted. Not at all, but by the power of the Holy Spirit all things are possible. A vigilant child of God who has made up his mind to say NO to temptation is greatly helped by the Holy Spirit in his moment of weakness. Jesus would have never commanded his people “to cut out and throw away” if the power had not been granted us to do so. What the Lord simply asking his people is to be vigilant and be sensitive to the slightest and dimmest voice of the temptation. It’s not easy to become sensitive in a day or two but by spending time in the presence of the Lord and learning from his word bring a special gift of discernment that helps us to know what is good and evil in the sight of the Lord.
Sin is ugly in its slightest form. If we keep accepting and recommending small and petty forms of sinful nature, one day the sensitivity to sin would disappear completely. World is indeed changing and the definitions are changing their meanings but sin remains sinful in all ages and generations. Sin is present much more than even before today….Are we sensitive enough to its slightest presence and firm enough to take it out and throw it away as per the Lord’s command?
Rev. 1:10, “On the Lord’s Day, I was in the Spirit and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.”
John was at the island of Patmos suffering and waiting for the Lord. Bible says in Rev. 1:10 that On the Lord’s Day, He heard the voice of the Lord which said “Write on a scroll what you see.” John received the revelation from the Lord Himself.
The Lord’s Day brings great revelations only to those who are waiting for the Lord. John was patiently enduring the suffering on the island of Patmos when Jesus revealed his glory and his Word to him. The Day of the Lord waits for the fulfillment of the time and the waiting for the Lord’s day fills God’s people with great endurance and patience, a unique endurance that gets renewed with every passing day.
Waiting for the Lord is not easy and it often fills with discouragement and frustration but nothing ever done for the Lord is useless. The Lord not only empowers the one who is waiting for the Lord with a unique strength and hope, but also fulfills HIS desire and purpose to turn his child into a special instrument for God’s Kingdom and glory.
Waiting for the Lord brings about the fulfilment of the word of Christ “My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” The one who is waiting for the Lord may not be receiving any worldly blessings for a certain period of time, but the joy of the Lord abounds at this time and the Spirit directly controls our will and emotions to align them with the greatest purpose of God’s own heart that He has desired for us even before we were born.
Waiting for the Lord allows God to purge the darkness out of us, renew the Godly power and spiritual gifts in us and make us ready to hear and receive the word from the Lord “GO.”
Waiting for the Lord may seem a furnace of affliction at times but out of it comes out a powerful witness that could cause many to come to God’s Kingdom. The author of the book of revelation (John) could have never had the great revelation if he had not been patiently enduring the suffering for Christ.
Are you waiting for the Lord to come and rescue you from negative circumstances in your life. Have you been waiting for long and nothing seem to be moving. Don’t focus on what you are seeing today. The Lord is preparing a powerful witness in you and through you… HE IS GOING TO MOVE THE WORLD AROUND YOU AND YOUR TESTIMONY WILL BRING MANY TO HIS CROSS….The great revelation is awaiting to be revealed to you by Christ himself…Are you ready?