Saturday, September 10, 2016
Being an Effective Witness
When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27
An effective witness has something persuasive to say that affects the course of a judicial case. We, as witnesses for Christ, have the good news of the gospel to share with those in darkness. But when we share, are we persuasive? I can look back and see times where I was effective in communicating the gospel and times where I was not. I believe that in order for us to successfully testify of the good news, we must have something to give.
It's not enough for us to relate memorized messages to lead people to Christ. We must give from what we've received from the Holy Spirit. The Scripture says that the Spirit of truth will testify to us about Jesus. The Holy Spirit wants to give us a message to share and He wants us to know Jesus intimately. As we spend time with Him, He shows us more of who He us and gives us instruction from His word. When we witness to others from this place, our message will be clothed with power. When we allow the Lord to minister to us from the Bible and from the Spirit of God, we will have something to say to those lost in darkness.
We will be like Peter and John. The religious leaders were in awe of their courage. They determined that Peter and John spoke so boldly because they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). We will also find boldness to preach the gospel by spending time with Jesus. We must have an abiding relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Three in One). Then we will have power to be persuasive witnesses. Then we will have an effect in people's lives toward their ultimate fate before the Judge of all mankind. We can help win them to Christ for eternity.