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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by Richard (Dick) Innes of ACTS International.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Walking Witnesses

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."1

I have read how, "while attending a university in London, Mahatma Gandhi became almost convinced that the Christian religion was the one true, supernatural religion in the world. Upon graduation, and still seeking evidence that would make him a committed Christian, young Gandhi accepted employment in East Africa and for seven months lived in the home of a family who were members of an evangelical Christian church. As soon as he discovered that fact, he decided that here would be the place to find the evidence he sought.

"But as the months passed and he saw the casualness of their attitude toward the cause of God, heard them complain when they were called upon to make a sacrifice for the kingdom of God, and sensed their general religious apathy, Gandhi's interest turned to disappointment. He said in his heart, 'No, it is not the one true, supernatural religion I had hoped to find. A good religion, but just one more of the many religions in the world.'"2

Let us remember that as children of God we are not called to do witnessing but to be Christ's witnesses. Wherever we are, wherever we go, whatever we do—in all circumstances at all times we are being witnesses of Christ. I recall reading years ago the following words on a poster in the office in the college where I attended:

    The living truth is what I long to see,
    I cannot live on what used to be,
    So close your Bible and show me how
    The Christ you talk about is living now.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to remember that as a child of Yours, I am being a witness for You in all circumstances at all times. Help me to so live that my life will always be an effective witness and be used to help win others to You. May people, seeing Jesus in me, want Jesus for themselves. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Acts 1:8 (NIV).
2. Evangelical Illustration

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