|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” – Acts 1:8 |
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are nowhere more relevant to our lives than in the area of witness. The Holy Spirit not only gives us the power to speak, but through His gifts of wisdom and discernment He shows us when and how to speak in any particular situation. We all live under the shadow of the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations, but we are not left to ourselves in this task. Jesus promised His first disciples that He would always be with them and He is always with us, giving us power and guidance through the Spirit whom He has sent, to enable us every day in our witness for Him.
The Holy Spirit leads men and women into areas of effective witness. He is always taking the initiative in opening the right doors where He has prepared the ground for the reception of the gospel – e.g. Acts 8:26-39. Life takes on a new dimension altogether when we are prepared every day to follow the leading of the Spirit on every occasion. The Holy Spirit will prepare the hearts and lives of those with whom we come into contact, so that they can receive the witness we give them to the power of Jesus.
Our whole life is an opportunity and if we will open ourselves to the possibilities of the Holy Spirit, we will be surprised at how many opportunities we will be given to share what our faith in Jesus means to us. This does not mean that we will always need to be straining to barge into people’s lives: it means that we need to follow the Lord as He opens the door by His Spirit.
Witness means many things. At one time it will mean making a clear statement about what we believe and why we believe it; on other occasions it will mean that we are the outlet for God in that situation, demonstrating His love and power through our attitudes and concern for other people. In any event, it is not a witness to ourselves, but to the loving power of the Lord Jesus Christ
PRAYER: Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in every situation.