Summary: Being a light in the world involves worship, welcome, work and witness
CALLED TO BE SENT
A few years ago a guy named Ron Schatz went into a bank and filled out a withdrawal slip. He took the slip up to the teller and gave it to her, but noticed the teller was acting very strangely and seemed to be taking a long time getting his money. Suddenly the police burst in and ordered him on to the ground at gunpoint. He waited in handcuffs while the police tried to straighten out the story. The teller had pressed the silent alarm button after turning the withdrawal slip over and seeing the words, "This is a hold-up." As it turned out, someone as a joke had written "This is a hold-up" on the back of every withdrawal slip sitting on the counter.
Amazing that just a few words written on a piece of paper caused such a terribly embarrassing chain of events to take place. Today I want to look at just a few words that were written down, not on the back of a withdrawal slip but in the book of Acts that have also changed the lives of so many people around the world today. These words record the last thing that Jesus said before He left His Disciples;
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
What is our calling? Today we are concluding our series we have been in of last 5 weeks. God calls us to worship, he calls us to be in community, he calls us to serve others and lastly we are called to share the faith we have with others. We are called to be witnesses of what we have seen and heard and experienced. What is a witness?
Our English word witness comes from an Old English word we do no use very much anymore but we used it in Elizabethan times and afterwards. It is the word wit. ‘To wit’ means ‘to know’ A ‘wit’ is ‘a knowledgeable person.’ So a ‘witness’ of some who knows something and testifies to it.
We are called to tell other people about the love and goodness of God that we have experienced in our lives. So how do we do that? Let me suggest to you today that being a witness involves at least 4 things that we read from the first couple of chapters in the book of Acts;
To be a witness of Jesus means that we need, as followers of Jesus, to pray and worship like never before. Jesus had told his disciples to go into all the world.
Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
If they were told to go, why were they sitting in an upper room all together? They were waiting. They were waiting for the Holy Spirit which Jesus had promised. They could not fulfill the task Jesus had given them without the power that Jesus had promised them.
The starting point for telling others about Jesus is worship. It is answering the question we began this series with, that Jesus asked Peter on the beach that day “Do you love me?” Our calling starts there. We cannot share with others what we have not personally received. Eventually the disciples received what they were waiting for.