Acts 1:7-8, 21-23
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us,22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.
Have you ever been called to be a witness to a signature, a document, an accident or perhaps in a trial? To qualify as a legitimate witness you must know the person, have actually seen the signing, or seen the accident/event first hand. These are the same requirements for us to be a witness to and for Jesus, the Christ. With the need to replace Judas as an Apostle, these were the criteria the selected person/s had to meet to replace Judas as a disciple.
To be an effective witness for Jesus, we must have had a first hand experience with the living Lord. There is no such thing as a second hand experience of faith. It cannot be our parent’s faith, or our family’s faith. We can only witness to what we have experienced ourselves.
Ask these questions:
1. What is my experience of Jesus?
2. Do I know Jesus personally?
3. How has that experience affected my life?
4. What is my first hand witness about how Jesus has empowered me?
Today, take a moment to write down your witness to Jesus as if you are submitting sworn testimony to a legal proceeding.
May I be a witness to Jesus in work and deed this day, to everyone I encounter, in every moment and situation. In Christ’s name, Amen.
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