Witness to the Light

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
John 1:6-8 (NIV)

Read: John 1

Consider: John the Baptist had a particular role to fulfil in life and that was to be a witness to Jesus. John knew that in himself he had no power whatsoever to save people, but he knew that the one who would come after him (Jesus) did have such power. John was also careful not to deflect attention away from Jesus onto himself. This is a picture of true humility in ministry.

Do you see yourself as being a ‘witness to the light’? Sometimes it is too easy to think that it is the exclusive role of full-time Christian workers to be God’s witnesses. Every Christian is called to be God’s witness and to share with others the good news of forgiveness in Christ. Peter puts it well in 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Elsewhere we are called ‘… children of the light …’ (1 Thessalonians 5:5). This means that when we are witnessing to the light (Jesus), we are also to speak of the effect of the light on our lives and what it means to live as a child of light. Some people shy away from speaking about their personal experience of the Christian life; if they do so their witness is only partial. It is important to lay before people the truth of the gospel, but is is also important to speak of what Christ means to you. I am reminded of a song we often sang years ago –
Some folks may ask me, some folks may say
Who is this Jesus you talk about every day?
He is my Saviour and he set me free
Now listen while I tell you what he means to me.

He is my everything, he is my all.
He is my everything, both great and small.
He gave his life for me, made everything new.
He is my everything. Now how about you?

I can remember as a young Christian being told that it was important to witness for Christ every day. While I agree with this sentiment, I have learned over the years that witnessing should not be forced. It can often be better to wait until the door opens and a person is receptive to the message. Let us not underestimate the effect a life lived for Christ can have on those around us. I’ll leave you with Peter’s words from 1 Peter 3:15 –
But in your hearts revere Christ as LORD. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect …

Pray: Father, give us boldness and courage to speak of Christ when the opportunity arises. Open our hearts to the leading of your Spirit, so that we can give an answer to those who ask us about our faith. Amen

Every blessing

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