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Be a Witness

   After Jesus went up to heaven, the disciples witnessed on Jesus’ behalf, making His name and good deeds known. They proclaimed His promises of eternal life to all who believe in Him. We must continue the work of the disciples by being Jesus’ witnesses in the world (cf. Act 1:8). This should be an important life mission for all Christians. How can we become Christ’s witnesses in the world? 

 

  •    Preach the gospel by following in Christ’s footsteps. Our active lives of prayer, charity, love, faith, hope, courage, peace, and joy are examples to our families, friends, coworkers, and those we meet. Our attitudes can bring a change of heart to those who have been far away from God. These daily actions can positively impact conversion in the world. 

 

  •   Testify in God’s name. We must share with others what the Lord had done for us. When we testify, we glorify the Lord, and we declare the love, goodness, and mercy he bestows upon us. The Gerasene man whom Jesus healed from demons begged to stay with Jesus, but “He sent him away, saying, ‘return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.’ So, he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8: 38-39).

 

  •   Speak on behalf of the Lord wherever we are. We must not be shy about proclaiming God’s name. It is through our evangelization that others will know the Lord more deeply. I encourage you to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15). 

 

  •    Work in God’s name to continue His mission in this world. The Spirit of the Lord has anointed all of us “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

   God gave us the power of His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) so that we might continue His mighty work of salvation (Acts 2:17). Through His Spirit, we shall prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams (Acts 2:17), and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21). 

   Therefore, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in what we must do and where we must go. Let the Holy Spirit enlighten and help us testify in God’s name and set the world on fire for Him. Remember He promised: “The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater work than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12).

   Pray with me: Lord Jesus, help us be Your witness in the world. It is in your name that we pray. Amen.


Originated by Rhode Jean-Aleger, Certified Spiritual Director – 5/18/21
Not to be used without the permission of the author. Thanks

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