Dr. Charles Fiskeaux - “To Be or Not to Be”

November 21, 2013

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

No doubt you have heard the statement “your actions speak so loud that I can’t hear what you are saying.”  While words may affect us in the short term, it is the quality of another person’s life and actions toward us—indeed, their whole being as a person—that have the more profound and long term effect upon us.

Note in this directive, Jesus did not state that we would witness, but that we will “be” witnesses.  To witness as an activity is to emphasize the activity more that the quality of the person doing the witnessing.  However, to “be” a witness is to emphasize the quality, character, and the whole person of the individual involved.  Indeed, the person’s whole life, character, demeanor, as well as speech, become the witness for our Lord.  Of course, none of us are capable of being such a compelling witness without the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  It is when we give ourselves totally to His control, that He enables us to “be” the witnesses that our Lord intends.

CORNERSTONE:  Mission

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