Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 7, 8; Acts 1
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 1:1-11
Following Jesus’ death and resurrection, his disciples were hoping for swift action. Like the other Jews of this time-period, they hated being under Roman rule, and they wanted Jesus to free Israel and be their king. Jesus, however, had other plans. He told them to be patient, informing them that God would work on his own timetable and would do things based on His design. (1:7) He also told them that instead of worrying about when that timetable would be, they should focus on being His witnesses. (1:8)
What does it mean to be a witness for Jesus? For some people, being a witness means standing on a street corner and telling people about Christ. For others, being a witness means telling the person sitting next to you on an airplane the good news of the Gospel. For still others, being a witness means talking to family members and sharing your faith. None of these are bad examples of being a witness, but by themselves, they are not a complete picture of what a witness should be.
Everyone has heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. While it is important to share our faith with others and to try to bring as many people to Christ as possible, it is even more important to live like a Christ-follower every day. Living a life modeled after the life of Jesus pays far greater dividends when trying to reach people for Christ than any words we can say. Living a “Christ-like life” creates a joy and energy about us that can be seen and felt by every single person we encounter. This irresistible lifestyle will draw people to us and make them think, “What can I do to have that kind of joy and energy in MY life?” When we allow the Holy Spirit to live through us, we become the best possible witnesses for Christ without ever having to say a word.
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