BEARING WITNESS

Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 1:8-10

“For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.” (I Thessalonians 1:8)

The believers in Thessalonica understood the gospel. They realized that they had a responsibility to share the gospel with others. From these words of Paul, we can assume that they were bold in telling others what they had come to experience themselves — a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Thessalonica was a populous trading center that was located on a major highway that linked the east and west. It was also a port city. Because of its strategic location, we can see how the faith of the Thessalonians spread in Macedonia, Achaia and everywhere.

It seems that very few believers today take Christ’s commission seriously — “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We are called to sound forth our faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are God’s plan to share the gospel worldwide.

God also commissioned His people to be His witnesses in the Old Testament — “‘You are My witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after Me'” (Isaiah 43:10). Once we know and believe God and understand who He is, we are obligated to tell others. The Apostle Paul clearly understood this obligation — “For I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:14-16). We have that same obligation.

Can you imagine what could happen if most believers took seriously Christ’s call to be His witnesses? We could turn the world upside down, just as those first century disciples did (Acts 17:6).

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge my responsibility to be a witness for You. I pray that You fill me with Your Spirit in order to fulfill the obligation I have to share my faith with others. Give me an opportunity this day to tell someone about Your saving grace and love.

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