"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

4/20/09

Monday Manna - Witness To

Welcome to Monday Manna. The purpose of this meme is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. The first and third Monday of each month, anyone who wishes can post their thoughts on a verse I introduced at my blog the Thursday before. It doesn't have to be a long post -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional.

Anyone is welcome to participate. Just post to your blog and link up at the bottom of this post in the Mr. Linky gadget.

This Monday's scripture, originally directed toward the Apostle Paul, is truly meant for all believers.
You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. Acts 22:15
Looking forward to what you all come up with. My thoughts are below.

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God is at work. He causes the sun to rise and set, moves His children to prayer and service, brings about defeats of the enemy, and countless other works.

We have all seen and heard our Heavenly Father act. And, perhaps, we have all thanked Him for His amazing acts. And maybe, in doing this, we have figured that we have fulfilled our duty, so to speak.

Well, if that's what we thought, we were wrong. We must do more than see, hear, and praise. We must share. You must be a witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.

A witness is someone who sees or hears something firsthand. But what good is such a witness if he keeps that information to himself? Yes, he is still a witness. He saw God's work. But he is not told to just be a witness. He is told to be a witness to.

There is a receiver of our witness. That is what Paul was told to be - one who passes his witness to others. We don't go through our lives seeing God's work in our lives to keep it hidden. It is not just the story of salvation we are to share with others. We must share God's workings in our lives, in large and small ways. We must share what He has told us with others--for that is why we were told. We must be a witness of what we have seen and heard. We are to share His words and actions with the world, so they can learn more and more about Him, and love Him more and more.

For how else will the world know of His power, love, and compassion if we keep His deeds to ourselves?

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Thanks for reading my thoughts here! Be sure to check out the other participants in the gadget below - and link up yourself if you have some thoughts on this verse.



8 comments:

  1. yes, we should not be quiet when God puts opportunities in our path to share our faith with others.

    Thanks for hosting this, JO.

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  2. You'e so right JoDear! 'For how else will the world know...' God works in our lives so those around us will know that God is God of All and that there is none like Him.

    Huggles!

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  3. Thanks for choosing this verse, Joanne. I love your opening paragraphs about what we see and hear around us each day. By speaking of God's works, even in creation, we can open the eyes of others to the wonder of Him. Hugs!

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  4. Blessings Joanne, AMEN! Now someday I will learn to say it so well and concise! You have truly captured the essence of this! What God has aMazingly said or done for us must not stay hidden but shared with others. Our witness needs to be seen as a positive blessing from God that He does make a difference in how we live.

    Thank you for hosting Monday Manna and choosing THIS verse. May this Monday be a fresh start of a good week of witnessing Jesus!

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  5. I'd just shared with another blogger that I sometimes keep what God has done to myself because I am afraid that they will not believe me or think that I am crazy.

    She lovingly replied, "Girl, who cares what people think..."

    So now, from reading your post, I know that I have got to be a better witness in this area and from Yvonne post, the way I live my life.

    smooches,
    Larie

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  6. I'm with you. The blessings God gives us aren't ours to own, but merely to borrow until we can give them away to someone else.

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  7. I'm thinking..."this little light of mine--I'm gonna let it shine"

    Wonderful verse to be pondering all weekend. Thanks.

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  8. Thank you for sharing and leading us in the Word. God bless you!

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