My arms are going numb. My lips feel like they’re going to quiver and I have that feeling in my stomach, where it’s dancing around on my insides making me short of breath. I’m not talking about March Madness. I’m talking about getting ready to share my faith. Something I know I’m supposed to do, but rarely do.
Is It Necessary?
In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit falls as ‘tongues of fire’, and the disciples start declaring the praises of God in different languages.
- ~vs 11: “we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
It seems to me the Holy Spirit is given to declare God’s Glory. I have been asking for more of God. More of the love of Jesus, more revelation from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given simply to declare the Wonders of the Father. Jesus declared the Wonders of God and told us to do the same.
- John 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
Why would God give me more of Himself if I’m not going to use it? I’ve been guilty of ‘storing up treasure’ for myself. The real Treasure is Jesus. To have more of Jesus, I must share Him.
- Eph 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
As I’m thinking of witnessing to friends and neighbors, I am instantly reliant on His Power and His Grace. His Grace and Power are not just for finances or my own comfort. He is not interested in that. He is interested in declaring His Greatness to all creation. Why would I want to miss out on that?
- 1 Cor 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
So, do I have to?
It seem that if I want to know more of God, the answer is “YES”.
If I’m comfortable with what I have of Him, maybe it’s not such a big deal. Up to this point in my life, I’ve been trying to be a good witness by the way I live. This has led to exactly 1 person asking me about the Peace that I have. And I didn’t even lead her to Jesus, just said something about Peace living in me.
I haven’t been bold in my faith. I’m guilty. I need God’s Power to witness. If I’m going to witness, it must be in His Power, to receive more of His Power I must witness. Otherwise, why would He give it to me to keep for myself?
I’m excited to share my faith with friends and neighbors. To be honest it’s a lot easier with strangers. The hardest will be with my co-workers. I see them even more than my neighbors. “Jesus, teach me to embrace this uncomfortable feeling and truly deny myself and live for you. Give me life in your Light!”