May 31, 2010, 11:07 AM
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15)
Witnesses are expected to be on the move, because they have a message of hope for God's people before the curtain of their life is pulled or their sun sets. They act as if today would be the last day for those who need to be witnessed to; aware that God has not promised anyone they would see tomorrow. Nobody knows the day or the time when we would depart this world. Exiting this world without having heard the good news or being saved following an encounter with the Saviour of the world - our Lord Jesus Christ - would amount to an unfulfilled life, void of meaning. Bible teaches that there is no other name by which humanity can be saved. "Salvation is to be found through him (Jesus) alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us." (Acts 4:12)
There is a pressing need for souls to be saved before it is too late. Witnessing is concerned with making attempts at salvaging our spiritual beings in order to put them in tune with the word of God. Establishing spiritual contact on an earthly plane begins with the soul. That's where it all starts. Paul poses the question: "How can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out?" (Romans 10:14)
"Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ." (Romans 10:17) Jesus assembled his disciples and commissioned them in groups of two, to go to the lost sheep of
We cannot afford to hoard the good news; someone somewhere needs it desperately in order to stay alive. That person could well be at the end of her/his tether and is about throwing in the towel. One dose of the Word of God can make a difference in their lives. God called us to witness, but there are some people who do not want to witness; either they feel they do not have the time or they just do not feel up to it. Their busy schedule would not permit them. Jonah, a prophet of God, thought it was not worth the trouble.
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God put obstacles on Jonah's path to bring him to his senses. Rough seas rocked the boat he was escaping in and when the sailors found out that he was the reason for God's anger he asked that he be thrown overboard. He landed in the belly of a big fish where he spent three days before being vomited on shore. This time around, he was compelled to undertake the mission God had sent him on. (Read the Book of Jonah for the full story.)
It is God who choses us; when he does we had better obey for we will find no way of escape except we comply and the task is fulfilled. If Jonah had not gone, a whole nation would have been destroyed. When Jonah ministered to the pagan nation they repented and God saved them. Righteousness exalts a nation; God's wrath will come down on any nation that is soaked in sin by deliberately flouting God's holy laws in outright disobedience.
Have you been attentive to the Word of God to go and witness or have you turned a deaf ear? Do you prefer the comfort of your home rather than saving souls for God? Is it fear of failure that has gripped you or have you been imagining the dimension of the obstacles that would cause a hindrance? Remember that when God calls he equips and emboldens; nothing can come against the will of God.
The greatest witness we can come across in the Bible is John the Baptist, who was the forerunner to Jesus Christ. The one of whom Isaiah prophesied: "A voice of one calling in the desert prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it." (Isaiah 40:3-5) As he took up his ministry, he said of Jesus: "But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry: He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:11-12) How precisely he described the Messiah, the Chosen One of God - Jesus Christ.
Our Lord Jesus himself prior to ascending into heaven declared to his disciples: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in