“…and you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8c
When a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, having realized the great judgment that awaits them for the guilt of their sin, their salvation results in a regeneration of the spirit within them, meaning it was once dead, but has now been brought to life. And because the Holy Spirit lives within the believer and bears a witness to the truth of God and of Jesus Christ, every believer becomes a witness.
In a legal sense, the Christian becomes someone who is able to testify concerning the truth of an event, or person. But in a moral, or ethical sense, as the Greek word for witness is martyr, it means that a Christian may suffer and die for their faith in Jesus Christ.
The President appoints ambassadors for the United States around the world and those ambassadors are representatives of the U.S., one in each country around the world. But we, as Christians are not restricted as just a single person going as a witness for Christ. We are not limited to the places we can serve as God’s ambassadors.
We are all called, not to serve as a witness, but to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
Whom are you a witness for? When was the last time you spoke to someone about Jesus? When was the last time you gave someone a gospel tract? What kind of witness are you? Are you a faithful, or a fearful witness? Do you worry too much about what to say, when you should be relying on the power of the Holy Spirit within you to help recall what you know from Scripture and the truth about Jesus Christ?
Why is this the ultimate purpose of God for all? Because we get to be God’s ambassadors. We get to be used by the King of kings and Lord of lords, to go and tell others about the goodness of God!
It’s true when Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;” (Matthew 9:37).
We, the church, cannot remain content in our faith as Christians when every day there are thousands of people who are dying and entering into eternity in hell. We cannot assume that someone else is going to bring the Gospel to them. We must do it.
We have been given the Great Commission regarding the purpose of every believer and the will of God, which is also the Divine Commission that every believer has concerning the power that enables each Christian, to go and fulfill the Great Commission, in their local area of living, beyond that and even to a place somewhere around the world.
Are you willing to be sent, or even to help send someone in partnership with your financial support and prayers? Will you share the Gospel with someone today, praying in hope that the person you speak to, will repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save them?
I want to encourage you to be a faithful witness for Christ and to rely upon His power that has been given to you, to go and fulfill the Great Commission, for His glory, to the ends of the earth.
It's the ultimate opportunity for the church to win souls, for the glory of God. Will you? Do you want to?
This is an excerpt of the sermon I preached on Sunday, May 15, 2016, titled, The Divine Commission. The full audio of this sermon can be found at www.magnoliachurch.net.
Here’s the million-dollar question: Will you go to Heaven when you die? Let’s do a quick test: Have you ever told a lie? (Be honest.) Have you taken anything that belongs to someone else? Have you disobeyed your parents, or said, “Oh my G-d!” or used the name of Jesus to cuss? Have you been greedy, or hated someone? If you have done these wrong things, one day God will punish you in a terrible place called Hell. But He loves sinners so much that He made a way for them to be forgiven and go to Heaven instead. He sent His Son, Jesus, who took the punishment they deserve by dying on the cross for them: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then He rose from the dead, defeating death. Today, turn away from sinful (bad) things and put your trust in Jesus. God will forgive you and give you everlasting life. Then read the Bible daily, and obey it (start with the Gospel of John).