Being Christ’s Witness
It is rather ironic that the Jewish authorities who question John the Baptist, asking if he is Elijah or a prophet, completely fail to understand the message that John gives them in John 1.
Not only do they not make a straight path for the Lord, the crooked path which they construct for Jesus is carefully strewn with all kinds of traps. Their blindness is so great that they are able to discount Christ’s miracles—his own words and actions. John was a faithful witness; nevertheless, the Jewish scribes and priests did not believe.
In order to be helpful, a witness must be a keen observer of what he or she observes or hears. In court, in the presence of jurors and spectators, lawyers often lay traps to confuse or discredit the unsuspecting witness. Questions may be repeated, rephrased, and couched in deceptive language to test the reliability of the witness or to spot inconsistencies in his or her story.
As faithful witnesses and stewards of Christ, we must be consistent in word or in action to his teachings. The actions of our everyday lives often speak more clearly than the words that we say. Unlike the crooked path of the Jewish authorities, we must keep a straight path for the Lord if our stewardship is to be effective.
—Rev. Bill Webb
- What is the basis on which you accept the word of your friends and acquaintances?
- Are you conscious of differences in what they say they believe and in the things they do?
- Are you the person your friends think you are?
- What would you like your life’s witness to be? How do you want to be remembered?
How Do I Act?
- List areas of your life where you need to give prayerful attention. Pray for God’s guidance in this.
- Discuss your faith in Christ and what he means to you with a friend.
- Invite a neighbor or acquaintance to attend worship or a church function with you.
- Pray for the members of your church, that as a congregation you all will be a strong witness and a loving presence for God in your community.