What is on my to “do list” today? Write a message, answer email, stop at the store, get gas, etc. But as I’m doing those things and interacting with the people on the way, what is my mission? What am I about as I’m about doing many tasks?
Jesus tells us what our mission:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”—Acts 1:8 (ESV).
Jesus make it clear that: Our witness is our mission!
What is a witness? A witness is telling someone what you have seen and heard (Acts 4:19–20). A witness is a story teller. It is telling what you know. When you are on the witness stand in court, the judge is not interested in your ideas or opinions; he only wants to hear what you know. All God’s people are expected to be witnesses, be story tellers. Every Christian can tell his or her story by including these three steps:
- what your life was like before Jesus
- how you met Jesus
- and what difference Jesus has made in your life.
While some of God’s people have a calling to evangelism (Ephesians 4:11), all of God’s people are expected to be witnesses and tell others your story with the Savior. Not every Christian can bring a sinner to the place of faith and decision (though most of us could do better), but every Christian can tell their story of how Jesus transformed his or her life. How powerful is it when a non-pastor Christian tells what they know about Jesus rather than calling the pastor in to tell his story? The pastor will seem like a salesman. The non-pastor Christian will sound like a satisfied customer. And when we tell our story, God uses it to change another life.
”A truthful witness saves lives”—Proverbs 14:25 (ESV).
So as you are going about doing your “to do” list this week, remember that you are on a mission to witness. Tell your story. Who knows God might use you to save a life!