A witness is one who is called upon to take the stand and tell others what they know for sure about a certain person or a certain matter. As disciples of Christ, we are called upon to take the stand…or, take a stand…and identify ourselves unashamedly with Jesus Christ, anywhere and anytime.
Jesus taught His first disciples that believing prayer was the key to miracles (John 14:12ff)…in other words, Jesus taught that believing prayer gets God into a matter. Paul believed that and so should we…especially when we pray for our friends.
May we humble ourselves before the mighty hand of our God….He will exalt us in due season with grace to do the will of God….which would be good works indeed that carry the blessing of peace, no matter what comes.
God’s plan for building His Kingdom has always been the way of the church. Therefore, the way of the disciple is always about building up the church…joining the work of the Lord in our local church. It’s about making ourselves available to serve in our church….and being givers and servers and not just spectators and takers.
We would know that our real enemy is not our neighbor, or our careless friend. Our real enemy is the evil one, the devil. We would be alert for how he is out to destroy us and our loved ones. Thus, we will be ready at all times to resist him and his demonic forces as they march on hearts and lives of those about us.
They were the brethren, connected at the heart and the hands, who were always looking for ways to serve and spread the gospel. They were the brethren who did not shy away from the work, but rather jumped in with both feet, sink or swim, for the cause of Christ and His gospel.
They had the same Father…they were given the same name…they would live in the same faith household…they would be loved the same by their Father and their older brothers, Jesus and Spirit.
Throughout his Christian life, Paul would identify himself as a servant, a bondslave, and now a prisoner of Jesus Christ. Each of those descriptions has one main thing in common…surrender.