Called to Be a Witness

John 1:7 (NKJV) “This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.” 
 
God sent John the Baptist to be a witness. The reality is, God intends all of us to be His witness. That is one reason He saved us. If salvation alone is the goal, then why doesn’t God just carry us on to heaven once we are saved?  Wouldn’t this spare us a lot of trouble, pain, and encounters with temptation? The reason God has placed us here on this earth is to be a witness for Him.  The word “witness” comes from the Greek word martus from which we get the word “martyr.”  The word was used for a material witness in a judicial case.  John the Baptist came to this earth to be a material witness to Jesus Christ being the Messiah Son of God.  Through his witness many believed on the Lord Jesus as their Savior.

A Christian witness is not necessarily a theologian or an expert in the Scriptures. A witness is one who can testify of what they have seen, heard, and experienced.  Every believer is called to be a witness of what the Lord has done in their life. Ananias told Paul at his conversion: “For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15)

Jesus chose twelve disciples so that they might be with Him and witness firsthand what He said and what He did.  He said to them in John 15:27, “And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”  The basis of the disciple’s ability to be witnesses was found in their walk with Jesus.  They testified to others of what they had both seen and heard. After He ascended into heaven, Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to enable them to be effective witnesses: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) All but one of Jesus’ disciples was martyred for their witness of Jesus and for their witness of God’s truth. In the same way we are called to be witnesses unto the Lord Jesus and to His truth to every person—family member, work mate, friend, stranger, and even to our enemies. 

As witnesses we are to bear record of the reality of Jesus because we have the testimony that He is alive in us. We are to bear record of the truth, because we have the testimony of His truth working in our hearts.  We are to bear witness of His Spirit, because we have the testimony of His Spirit dwelling in and empowering us to do His work.  We are to bear record of His power to deliver, because we carry the testimony of His deliverance in our lives. We are to bear record that He heals, because we carry the testimony of His healing power in our bodies, minds, and emotions.  We are to bear record that He loves sinners, because we carry the testimony that He demonstrated His love for us.  
We are here to be a witness unto others of what Jesus has done in our lives in hope that they might believe in Him. Will all receive our witness? No. Some may reject our witness while others may actually attempt to silence our witness.  Some may try to argue about religion, beliefs, and theology, however it is hard to refute our testimony as a material witness of the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is why we are called to be witnesses rather than theologians. Anyone who has been saved and changed by faith in Jesus Christ is qualified to be a witness.

Since God has called us to be His witnesses, it is important that we not keep silent about what the Lord has done in our lives. Our witness is not only in our words but also in the way we live. We are Christ’s witness before our friends, family members, schoolmates, and work mates who have not yet believed. We bear the testimony of Christ’s power to save, heal, deliver, and restore. Without our witness, Satan, the prosecutor of sinners, will rest His case in the lives of those around us.  We cannot allow the devil to intimidate us into silence. We must approach the witness stand and declare what we have seen, heard, and experienced. We must bear witness to Christ’s Light and to His Truth. God has called you to be His witness. Determine today to be Christ’s witness so that others might believe upon Him and be saved.
 
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I answer Your call to be a witness. I will testify of what I have seen, heard, and experienced. I will bear witness of Christ’s Light and Your Truth so that others might see, hear, and believe. Lord Jesus, anoint me as Your witness with the power of Your Holy Spirit. May You be glorified through me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”