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Before You Witness, Witness

 

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“‘Witness' is a noun before it’s a verb.”

It took a minute to sink in, but once it did I knew exactly what Mr. Tom Henry was saying.  Mr. Henry works with an international outreach ministry and shared a perspective on missions in chapel that I’ve never heard before. 

His point was simple – before we tell people about Jesus, we need to see Jesus. The prerequisite to bear witness is first to be a witness. For example, if my testimony concerning a car wreck is going to have any significance to the police, I have to have seen the wreck. If I didn’t see it, who cares what I say?

Similarly, a continual gaze upon Jesus will inform and refine me as I passionately share what I have seen. Seeing Jesus not only makes me a credible witness, but an accurate one, and both are necessary in today’s world.

So before we witness, let’s witness.

Written by Abbey Le Roy, MA in Theological Studies from CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

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