A Godly Witness Through Service
Have you ever tried to share the gospel of Christ with someone - only to have them reject you and the person of Jesus Christ? I am sure that many have experienced this from time to time. Maybe it is a co-worker that you have been trying desperately to witness to or perhaps a family member that just refuses to listen to what you have to say. Regardless of who that might be, all of us have people in our lives that we would love to see come to Christ.
It is amazing to think that Christ, in His last days on earth as a man, took time to show us how to communicate the message of the gospel to those who do not yet believe. Christ first communicates this by remembering His true purpose in life. In John 13:1 the Bible says, "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." Christ saw His disciples and the great love that He had for them and allowed that love to be the source of His motivation. Many times, in our witness to others, we do not communicate the very heart of why Christ died on the cross for them - His love for them. Yes, we say that Christ loves them and died for them; but if we are in Christ and they do not see love from us, then often times we become the barrier that prevents people from seeing His love properly.
Christ illustrated His love through serving the disciples. In John 13:4-5, Christ goes on to wash the disciples' feet. This act was done to show His love for them. Later in John 13:15, Christ goes on to say, "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." Christ was showing His disciples that if you are to be the witnesses that I desire you to be, you must humble yourselves and show the love of Christ to others by serving them out of that same love. Many times we are more concerned with what we have to SAY in our witness that we fail to recognize what we are doing to SHOW our witness.
Our acts of love directed to the lost are our greatest testimony and opportunity for witness. After Judas had left Christ's last supper with His disciples, Jesus continues with His conversation of our service and love one to another. In John 13:34-35 Christ says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Christ was telling His disciples that there is nothing that shows people that you are following Christ greater than when you show love in action unto others. Love is not something you can say; it must be shown. It was not a coincidence that Christ said this to His disciples just before He would illustrate His great love for all mankind by dying for them on a cross. It was not His words that He used during His last moments on earth as a man, but it was His great love in action to show the lost of His great love for them. This is the example that Christ desired for His disciples to follow and it is the same example that Christ desires of you and me today.om receiving glory through our life's example as we follow Christ. Christ knew that His whole purpose in life was to submit and do the will of His Heavenly Father. Our purpose is to do the same. We are to lay down our lives and our own will, to submit to God's will, and to live the life that would bring glory to Himself as we bear the burdens and struggles of life.
Written by Andy Horner