John 1:32-34

We are to be witnesses. To be a witness, we must testify about what we know and what we have seen. If we are active among other believers, all striving to be an active part of the Kingdom of God, loving Him and serving Him, we will see plenty. If we are studying the word, listening to it being preached, discussing and dissecting it with other believers, then what we know will grow.

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” – John 1:32-34, ESV

John the Baptist witnessed an amazing sight. He saw Jesus in the flesh and He also saw the Holy Spirit descend. In other verses we also know that God the Father spoke audibly. The three persons of God were on display for John to see and hear. And we know he bore witness to His Savior because his actions and words feature so prominently in the beginning of the Gospels.  

But John isn’t the only witness whom God has called. He didn’t just call the prophets we read about in the Old Testament. The apostles and disciples in the New Testament don’t complete the list of witnesses. We are all called to be witnesses. Evangelists, pastors, and church staff aren’t the only ones who are to be witnesses in today’s world. Every believer is called. It’s a special privilege. 

Remember, every role is important in the Kingdom of God. Every task is significant. Perhaps your witness may simply be spending 5 minutes with a stranger. Or it could be serving a community cleaning up after a disaster. Every opportunity to show who God is, how great His love is, and how much He cares about His creation is a chance to witness. You don’t have to be particularly gifted as a speaker. You don’t have to know the Scriptures like a theologian. You do need to be knowledgable. You do have to be willing. And you do have to be loving. But we’re all capable of doing those things. Everyone is called to be a witness. Everyone can be, too.

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