How to be a Witness of the Gospel
How to be a Witness of the Gospel by Bishop Edward Brink.
Do you consider yourself a follower of Christ? If so, then you have a responsibility to be a witness of the Gospel. The Bible tells us in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” So, how can you be a witness of the Gospel? Let’s explore three ways.
First, to be a witness is to give testimony of what you have seen and heard. This means that you need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You cannot testify to something that you have not experienced yourself. Therefore, it is essential to spend time with God, reading His Word, and praying daily. In doing so, you will learn more about who God is, and your relationship with Him will grow stronger.
In 1 Thessalonians 1:5, Paul commends the Thessalonians for their work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. This shows that they were not only believers in Christ, but they were also living testimonies of His love and grace. Similarly, we are called to be witnesses of Christ, not just in words but in deeds as well.
Second, to be a witness is to live a life that attests to your confession. In 1 Corinthians 1:11, Paul admonishes the Corinthians to be of the same mind and judgment, and to avoid divisions. Our actions and attitudes should reflect the character of Christ. When people see us, they should see Christ in us.
Living a life that attests to your confession means that you must be mindful of your thoughts, words, and actions. Are they in line with what you profess to believe? Do they bring glory to God? If not, then you need to ask for forgiveness and make a conscious effort to live according to God’s Word.
Lastly, to be a witness is to let our light shine through the good works that we do. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus says, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Good works are not a means to earn salvation, but they are a reflection of our faith. As James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.”
Our good works should be done with a pure heart, without seeking recognition or reward. When we serve others, we are serving Christ. When we love others, we are showing them the love of Christ. Our good works can be as simple as offering a word of encouragement, volunteering at a local shelter, or sharing the Gospel with a friend.
In conclusion, to be a witness of the Gospel is not an option but a responsibility for every believer in Christ. We must testify to what we have seen and heard, live a life that attests to our confession, and let our light shine through the good works that we do. May we be faithful witnesses of Christ, so that others may come to know Him and experience His love and grace.
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