For When You’re Called to Testify (Word of the Week)

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March 23, 2014 by Beth Hess

AActs-1-8 woman is called to come forward in court. To tell the truth as she knows it.

What did you see?

And she can only tell the story she knows. The one from her specific point of view.

Others are asked to speak as well. Others who were in the same place at the same time but came away with slightly different memories. Experts present their knowledge based on their own studies.

Each is a witness.

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.  -Acts 1:8

Just before leaving Earth, Jesus calls us to testify. To be a witness. To speak our truth. To be willing, when called, to stand and say, “We have seen his glory.”

To tell our story.

Only you can tell yours. Only I can tell mine.

Even though we’ve both been changed by the same God, our witness will be different. Which is why the world needs lots of people to testify that God’s ways work. Together we create a preponderance of evidence that can only lead to the inevitable conclusion that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

Please don’t be nervous when it’s your turn to testify. Please don’t go silent.

When you have the opportunity to talk about grace. Or about how your life is different with Jesus. Or why you seem to have peace in the midst of turmoil. Stand proudly. Speak loudly.

Be a witness. Tell your story.

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