His servant and His witness
A ‘servant’ focuses on doing their master’s will. And a ‘witness’ testifies to what they have seen and personally experienced. And we’re called to be both. Let’s take a look at each one individually. 1) We’re God’s servants. That means we need to be tuned in to what He wants us to do, when He wants us to do it, and the way He wants it done. Doing His will should be the most important item on our to-do lists for each day. 2) We’re God’s witnesses. The value of a witness depends on how close they were to an event when it happened, and what they observed. John wrote, ‘We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands...Now we testify’ (1 John 1:1-2 NLT). When we spend time with Jesus each day, we become closer to Him and allow His influence to fill our lives – and then other people can be positively influenced by our lives. The Bible says, ‘the wise person teaches others how to live’ (Proverbs 11:30 NCV). When it comes to sharing our faith with others, we must do it with wisdom, tact, and grace. Chances are, many people we meet have had at least one bad experience with Christians and church, so we need God’s wisdom in being sensitive to their needs. One way we can do this is by letting them know Jesus can heal broken hearts, and that the church as He intended is a hospital for souls, where people can come for care, love and support. Our assignment as His servants is to draw people to Jesus, and as His witnesses, we can fulfil this assignment by sharing our own testimonies of what God has done for us.
Do you know someone who’s hurting at the moment? Try sharing a story of something that God has done in your life, to encourage them that He can do the same for them. You don’t need to preach, just simply state the facts as you experienced them.
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