Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Enabled, Equipped, Empowered Witnesses

UV 2285/10000 Enabled, Equipped, Empowered Witnesses
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me
Isaiah 43 v 10

The Lord has chosen and declared us to be His living witnesses. We need to know, believe and understand that Jesus is both Saviour and King of our lives. Knowledge of Jesus prepares us to be witnesses. Belief in Jesus enables us. Understanding of Jesus equips and empowers us. We are chosen, enabled, equipped and empowered witnesses. Our faith is not blind but based on our personal knowledge, experience and understanding. We need to witness to our neighbours, friends and contacts about the difference Jesus has brought to our lives. We can witness both verbally and non verbally. The Lord revealed Himself in the Bible through three individuals primarily though He gave revelations to many others: Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Even before the nation of Israel was formed, He revealed that He makes personal covenants with individual human beings by His interactions with Abraham. Moses became the witness of the Lord as the nation of Israel was being formed while still in captivity to Egypt. Jesus Himself became the witness of the Father when Israel was in subjugation to Rome. Each of them witnessed both by their words and by their actions and reactions.

God saw us when we were formed in our mothers’ wombs. He knew us before we know Him. He overhears our mere sighs and whispers. We are not just witnesses of the Lord but His chosen servants. We serve Him in all that we do. From being just creatures of God, we have become witnesses, servants, friends and children of God. Our knowledge of His word enhances our understanding of who God is and what His will for our lives is. The Lord invests or anoints us with His power and authority to fulfil our roles as witnesses, servants, friends and children.

As witnesses, we are to closely observe what the Lord has done in human history, in our personal lives and in the lives of others. As servants, we need to revere, worship and obey Him. As children, we are called to love and adore Him. As friends, we are to enjoy our fellowship with Him at all times. No one and nothing else can take the place of God in our lives. When we focus on Him as the locus of our lives, everything else, all our priorities will fall in place in the right order. As our Saviour, we depend on Him alone for our salvation. As our King, He is sovereign and rules over every dimension of our lives.

Prateep V Philip

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