I Have Seen
by Danny Tariman
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
“A witness is someone who testifies to what he has seen or heard.”
“A Christian witness is someone who testifies by his action or by his word what the Lord has done for him.”
I have heard or read these definition many times. We are all called to witness to the Lord, and our actions speak louder than words. Jerusalem was where the Apostles first received the Holy Spirit. For us, “Jerusalem” is our home. Our family should see Jesus in us through our love, compassion and patience. Judea is the surrounding area of Jerusalem. For us, this represents our neighbor, the people beyond our home who should see the Christian in us.
Samaria is farther than Judea, and this, for us, represents people beyond our neighborhood with whom we should share the Gospel.
It seems like a daunting task. But if we begin by doing everything we do for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31), it’s a great start to being a witness for the Lord.
Do people see Jesus better through us?
Pope Francis Says: “Christianity spreads through the joy of disciples who know that they are loved and saved.”
Lord, grant me the power to witness for You 24/7. Amen.
[This reflection was first published in Didache May 8, 2016]