Matthew 14:34 – 15:20
Witness is one of those words that folks in my particular tribe of the Christian faith don’t spend much time contemplating.
On some level we may know we are to witness, the concept is all over the place in the New Testament especially the book of Acts. However, if witnessing means randomly going to strangers homes knocking on their doors and talking to them about Jesus you could count most of us out! But take a look at the day’s picture. I have no idea what they are looking at, but they are engrossed. You know they will tell friends and family, coworkers and even random strangers about what they saw if the occasion avails itself.
I doubt the folks in the picture woke up that morning thinking, “I am going to witness something amazing today and then I am going to go door to door to tell people about it!”
No, witnessing has more to do what we pay attention too. It is an opening of our senses to what God is up to in this world and then relating those experiences as a natural part of our day to day conversations and actions.
The key to witnessing isn’t so much in the talking, that, as we have seen just sort of happens. Witnessing has more to do what we pay attention too. It is an opening of our senses to what God is up to in this world and then relating those experiences as a natural part of our day to day conversations and actions.
In our reading for today, Jesus’ actions garner him the attention of those in need of healing. The disciple’s actions get them criticised by the Pharisees. Jesus shows that both our words and our deeds are to align to show God’s presence in our lives.
Think about it, how has the faith been best witnessed to you. In my life, it hasn’t been street corner preachers nor door knockers, not that those folks don’t have their place. As much as I admire the conviction of these public witnesses I don’t think that is how the vast majority of this work gets done. In my life, it has mostly been through the words and deeds of pastors, teachers, parents and friends. You read that right, witnessing can be done as much by what you do as what you say, maybe even more so. I have seen more witnessing to the life-giving power of Jesus Christ given in hugs and hotdishes than in the most well written Bible tract.
How do you see God at work in your life, where do you see God at work in the world and how do you relay that vision to others in your life? Just a few things to ponder today.