The Word of Grace Devotion for The Week of September 7, 2015
The Two Witnesses
Revelation 11:3- “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Beloved, like the two witnesses found in Revelation 11, we also have been called to witness to others. The Greek word for witnesses is “martys,” from which we get our word, “martyr.” Originally it simply meant a witness but can also mean, “those who after His example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death.”
Beloved, while the Lord may not call us to a violent death, He has called us to be a witness for Christ? So how can we fulfill this calling?
First, we need to remember that the THEME of our witness is Jesus Christ. Paul defined the Gospel as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. If we are not explaining the sacrifice of Christ, then we are not really sharing the gospel. (Romans 10:9-10.) An important part of this theme is the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, not just one of many ways. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Secondly we need to understand that we have been empowered to witness for Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers us as stated in Acts 1:8. As we witness, we should spend much time in prayer, appropriating the Spirit’s power so that we are enabled to let our light shine in such a way that others will recognize the power of God in us (Matthew 5:16).
Thirdly the VALIDITY of our witness will be shown in how we live our lives. Beloved, the effective Christian witness will live his/her life above reproach in the power of the Holy Spirit, whose fruit we exhibit when we remain in Christ (John 15:1-8, Galatians 5:22-23).
Finally, we must be familiar with the Scriptures to accurately and logically present the gospel to others. 1 Peter 3:15says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”. Always being prepared means diligent Bible study, memorizing Scripture, and praying for opportunities to share with those the Lord has prepared to hear His message of salvation.
Beloved, we may not be called to a violent death but we have all been called to be a witness for Christ. May we fulfill our calling in Christ!
I pray that you will have a blessed week. I love you and I will be praying for you!