Acts 1, 8-9
Something to read
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.' After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
New International Version
Something to think about
It is easy to read the first ‘you will’ as a prediction, and the second as an obligation – that the Holy Spirit is promised, but witness to Christ is urged upon us. But when it comes to pursuing justice, we don’t have a choice about whether to be a witness.
We can be subpoenaed to appear in court as a witness, and prosecuted if we fail to give our testimony. Given the things that have happened among them, there is nothing more certain than that Jesus’ disciples are going to find themselves being called as witnesses.
It’s an uncomfortable transition for them, as Christ departs this world. Until this point they have merely been the supporting act. Now they will take centre stage. Seeing that truth and justice prevail will now depend on them. And in our world it depends on us. In the absence of Christ and as we await his second coming, we must be fearless witnesses to those things we know to be true.
Something to do
Write down something that you can give first-hand testimony to, as a Christian – something that you are a witness to. In the interests of the Kingdom, who needs to know about this? Make up your mind to tell them – today if possible – relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Something to pray
Lord, you have given the Holy Spirit to your followers to enable them to be your witnesses in the world. Give us courage in the face of the unwelcome nature of Christian witness in our society today, and empower us to be your witnesses as we live out our lives among our colleagues, friends and neighbours.
Today’s contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.