Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses ….
As a kid growing up in the church I was constantly told of the importance of witnessing. We had a tremendous Sunday school program and youth program lead by some of God’s finest servants. I gladly participated in witnessing, I even had an opportunity to take some course about evangelism. One that I remember the most was called Evangelism Explosion. I was just a young man serving in the military when I took the course at Pentecostal church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The course gave us participators the “how” and the “what” to say to people whom we would purposefully approach. We would witness of Jesus, ‘the gospel” to strangers be it door by door or through purposeful approaching individuals in crowded public areas.
Anything that assists us, encourages us, and challenges us to spend more time proclaiming Jesus Christ is a very good thing. Yet when I read Acts 1:8 there is something else I see in that passage which I have not always been aware. Jesus said that you will receive power and you will be His witnesses when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Wow! Did you catch that? It would seem that Jesus is saying to his followers that the Holy Spirit causes us to be witness for Jesus. It’s like it goes hand in hand, when a believer receives the Spirit the reaction or the result of such causes the believer to witness. No class involved nor scenarios or memorized lines, but rather a natural and powerful proclamation of Jesus.
According to the Bible, those who receive the Spirit proclaim Jesus. Are you witnessing to your family, friends, strangers? Have you received the Spirit? Do you want to?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, giver of the Holy Spirit, I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit. Empower me to proclaim Jesus! Fill me fully and enable me to love others as you love the world. In Jesus name Amen.