The following is the definition for Witness I found on Dictionary.com:
1.to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception:
2.to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator, bystander, etc.:
She witnessed our wedding.
3. to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of.
4. to attest by one’s signature:
As I think about the way I consider the term witness there is two different themes. First of all I think about the way I live my life as a professing Christian, which is known as your witness. I have a coming post titled What’s Your Witness? Do Others Know You Are a Christian?
, in it I go further on this subject than the parameters of the A to Z challenge permit.
The other is the way we tell others “Our Story”. My pastor and I, as the director of our missions activities, have been brainstorming the potential ways we can re-engage and get more people interested in sharing God with those they encounter. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV), The Great Commission tells us this: 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
I have had the joy of traveling to another nation to share Christ in words and deeds, but the need to share here in America is ever increasing. In short, witnessing is a crucial need. As we careen further toward the edge of “Do what you feel is right.” there is more worry, concern, consternation and questions about which way is right?
Even though the manuscript called the Holy Bible is several centuries old, the words in it are as relevant today as the days they were penned. We must answer God’s call to share the teachings we receive in Sunday School, Sunday morning, evening and any other time we sit down to take in God’s word. As a Christian you can likely point back to the person or persons, church or faith-based group that influenced your decision to follow Christ. Someone witnessed to you and someone is waiting for you to witness to them.