Joel Plantinga

Read: Acts 1:1-11

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses. (v. 8)

A couple years ago I served on a jury. The trial wasn’t anything like the ones you see on TV or in the movies. The people all seemed pretty normal and just shared what they saw as it related to the case. In that moment something struck me: being a witness is fairly simple. You share what you see and answer questions to the best of your ability. The only thing you have to be is credible and authentic. Those were the witnesses I believed, and through a series of them I and my fellow jurors came to a verdict on the case.

Two things apply to us as Christians. First, we witness in power. We are not on our own. With the Holy Spirit living in us, each of us is uniquely and divinely empowered to be Jesus’ witnesses in our world. Second, the call to witness isn’t a suggestion. It’s a command. The witnesses in my trial weren’t volunteers; they were legally required to be there. God has done a miracle in and around us and calls us to obediently tell the story as only we can. Faith that walks is also a faith that talks, bearing witness to the grace and love of Jesus. Think about how God has revealed himself to you and start telling others about it! —Joel Plantinga

Prayer: Holy Spirit, help us to be sensitive to your leading and obedient to your calling to bear witness to your work in and around us. Amen.