Becoming an Expert Witness for Christ
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 4:7-12
In a court of law, an expert witness is one who others in their field recognize as an expert. According to the law, this expert is able to appear before the court and is able to justify his or her professional opinion under cross-examination. People do not become expert witnesses overnight. It requires years of hard work to gain the respect of others in their field before they will be recognized as expert witnesses. Every person on this earth who claims to be a Christian is a witness for Jesus. Some are good witnesses, and some are bad witnesses. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul provides them with some tips on how to strengthen their witness. In essence, Paul is teaching the Thessalonians to become expert witnesses for Christ.
Becoming an expert witness for Christ is a lifelong process. It begins with understanding that Christianity is not something you practice for an hour or two every Sunday. Living the Christian life is something that we do every second of every day. We should be constantly reminded that, “God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (Vs. 7) In addition, God teaches us to love each other. The love referred to in our key passage in verse 9 is the Greek word “phileo” which refers to brotherly love. We show this love to others as we recognize we are all part of the same family of God. It is the love that comes from knowing that we all have the same Heavenly Father. Paul commends the Thessalonians on their love, stating that they love all of their brothers in Christ throughout Macedonia, and then Paul urges them, “to do so more and more.” (Vs. 10) To become an expert witness for Christ, we should strive each day to love others more. Love is the cornerstone of an effective witness.
Paul continues by giving the Thessalonians three more pieces of advice to become expert witnesses. He tells them, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands”. (Vs. 11) Some of the Thessalonians were a little lazy and were relying on others for handouts, so Paul told them to live a quiet life and to work hard, which is still good advice for us today. It is also good advice to “mind our own business” in the sense that we should not participate in gossip or become a busybody.
Paul gave all of these tips to the Thessalonians so that their, “daily life may win the respect of outsiders”. (Vs. 12) To truly be an expert witness for Christ, those we are trying to reach have to respect us. When we follow Paul’s advice to the Thessalonians, we can start to gain that respect and can be more effective in reaching the lost. When we follow his advice, we can become expert witnesses.
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