CHOSEN TO BE HIS WITNESS
But ye shall receive power, after that
the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and
ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of
the earth (Acts 1:8).
Have you ever thought about the fact that
God chose you before you were born, to be
His witness? He knew you and foreordained you to
live for His glory. The Bible says, “For whom he did
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed
to the image of his Son…” (Romans 8:29).
God foreordained and planned that through you,
He’ll bless and transform the lives of those in your
world and in regions beyond. He set you apart to do
His will, and to be His witness.
The Apostle Paul, understanding this, echoed
the same message in Galatians 1:15-16: “But when it
pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s
womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son
in me, that I might preach him among the heathen….”
Paul’s passion and unrivalled commitment to the
Gospel resulted from his knowledge and understanding
that he was chosen and sent of God to turn the
Gentiles from darkness to light, and from the power
of Satan unto God.
Recall his profound statement of commitment
to the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 9:16: “For though I
preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I
preach not the gospel!” Become aware, convinced,
and challenged by the divine mandate and obligation
to preach the Gospel.
As in our opening verse, the power of the Holy
Spirit in your life is to make you an effective witness
of Jesus Christ; a minister of reconciliation. You’ve
been given the mandate to preach the Gospel to every
creature (Mark 16:15), and make disciples and pupils
of the nations (Matthew 28:19). Make this your focus,
and experience true fulfillment in your life.
Thank you, blessed Lord, for the power of the Holy
Spirit working in, and through me to bring salvation
to others. Preaching the Gospel to those in my
world and in the regions beyond is my passion and
purpose for living. Today, as the Gospel is preached
and taught around the world, many come to the
knowledge of Christ, and into their inheritance in
Him, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 9:16-18; Matthew 28:19-20