Personal Mission Field/Demonstration
Witnessing is first of all a way of being in the world.
It was sweet, it was unique, his skill at priestly matters. To people, inscrutable: he was a shelter to the naked, he was a teat to the poor.
- Dallan Forgaill, Amra Choluimb Chille (Irish, 6th century)
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
- Acts 1.8
Jesus has given us His Spirit in order to make us His witnesses. This is first of all a way of being in the world, and only secondly a way of speaking. Yes, we must always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us. But Peter assumes (1 Pet. 3.15) that those asking will have seen something in us that evidences the hope of glory we have in Jesus Christ.
We live our witness for Jesus when we live like Jesus - selfless, serving others, bringing the good works of God's Law into every situation, showing the love of God in personal, human ways. Jesus said that the Spirit would help us to be witnesses so that, when the opportunity arose to speak our witness, it would come out of a credible way of life.
Columba (Colum Cille) was remembered as a generous and loving priest. There was always room for guests, strangers, and the needy in his monastery on Iona, and he treated each of the monks in his charge with the greatest respect and love. He was beloved not only as a giant of the Word and a bold missionary for Christ, but as one who "walked the talk."
Here's a challenge for each of us, one to be renewed every day: Do we live in such a way as to bring the presence of Jesus into every relationship, role, responsibility, and situation of our lives? Do others feel the presence of Christ through us? Are we daily demonstrating the reality of our claim to have been born again into the Kingdom of God?
Here there is a need for careful circumspection (Eph. 5.15-17). Pay attention to every opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus. If we'll work hard at being witnesses, when the opportunities arise to speak for Jesus, it will be easier for others to hear what we have to say.
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