‘I have appeared to you to appoint you as My servant and witness.’ Acts 26:16 NLT
A ‘servant’ focuses on doing his master’s will. And a ‘witness’ testifies to what he or she has seen and personally experienced. And as a redeemed child of God, you’re called to do both. Let’s look at each one individually.
(1) You’re God’s servant. That means your ears must be attuned to what He wants you to do, when He wants you to do it, in the way He wants it done. Doing His will should be the most important item on your daily agenda.
(2) You’re His witness. The value of a witness depends on how close they were to an event when it happened, and what they observed. John writes, ‘We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands… Now we testify.’ (1 John 1:1–2 NLT) Remember the old adage ‘you become like the company you keep’? Well, when you spend time with Jesus each day, others will be influenced by your life.
The Bible says, ‘A winner of souls is wise.’ (Proverbs 11:30 GWT) When it comes to sharing your faith, you must show wisdom, tact, and grace. Chances are that many people you meet have had at least one bad experience with Christians and church, so you must be ‘wise’. And how do you do that? By letting them know Jesus is the Great Physician who heals broken hearts. That the church is a hospital where some are doing well while others still need care. Properly understood and presented, this will draw people to Jesus instead of driving them away. So… what’s your assignment? To be His servant and His witness!
SoulFood: 1 Chron 1–2, John 7:45–53, Ps 9, Pr 24:30–34
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023