Our devotion today is, “The Privilege of Being a Witness.” My text is Acts 1:8 where we see, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (KJV) Our text is the final record of the Great Commission given by our Lord. Here, our Lord explained to His disciples that they would “receive power” when the Holy Ghost came upon them, which is essentially the New Testament principle of being filled with the Holy Ghost.
Believers who are not witnessing for Christ are not obeying Him, because what is said in our text is given as a command. Many of God’s children today feel as though it is only the pastor’s place or the evangelist’s and missionary’s job to witness and try to win the lost to Christ. How sad! Every person who has had their sins forgiven, rescued from Hell and knows that their future is secure in the joy and bliss of Heaven should have the desire to help someone else have that same sure hope because of Christ’s finished work of salvation.
You may be able to reach out to someone in your family or your circle of friends and acquaintances that no one else would have the opportunity to reach. Someone once said that everyone is either a missionary or a mission field. In these days when so many false witnesses are preaching and teaching a false gospel, those who know Christ and have been blessed by the Truth of God’s salvation should “go forth” bearing the precious seed of God’s Word because we have been promised that we will doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us. If you’re not witnessing today, start! If you are, then keep on giving out God’s Word, determined to not miss out on that special joy that comes with the privilege of being a witness for Jesus Christ!
Pastor Joey Durham