“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” – Acts 5:42 (NIV).
All over the world judicial systems thrive on witnesses. In order for evidence presented before court it must be corroborated otherwise it is just hearsay. This is where a witness becomes handy. Indeed, one of the jobs of a defense attorney is to cross examine a witness on the stand, and find if his recollections holds water. Sometimes false witnesses are thrown out of court because their testimony is dubious.
If a witness is called to take a stand and refuses to speak; the judge will most likely throw him out. A witness must talk. Further, a witness cannot be forced. He must do so willingly; if court finds testimony was given under coercion it is bound to ignore it as lacking authenticity. Also, if court finds that one’s being witness was based on the promise of some reward, that might be construed as a bribe and risks being ignored.
In Christian life we find many of those principles holding as well. First, all believers are called to be witness of the savior Jesus Christ. One of Christ’s commands to his disciples was, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
You cannot be a witness for Christ without going out to share the truth, as is the case with the court system. Further, your testimony can also be attacked, which is to mean that every Christian witness must be firm with the truth he holds.
However, unlike our courts, for Christians, God has clearly in advance promised a reward for those who go out and witness their salvation in Christ. Luke 12:8-9 says, “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.” The point here being we should never be shy of being witness for Christ, of which a huge reward awaits us.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, how I thank you for the call of being a witness to the truth of salvation in Jesus Christ, of which I pray you enable me to do so ever joyful through the power of the Holy Spirit, this I pray in Jesus’s name.