Rev. Ray's October 27, 2021 Devotion
October 27, 2021, 10:21 AM

“…And you shall be witnesses to me…” Acts 1:8

To be a witness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true is not something that a person does, but who a Christian is. Witnessing can not be squeezed into a church program for a brief while, and then back to other things. It is the life we live at home, in public, and even in the private times when no one sees us but the Lord.

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses.” The Holy Spirit is not a passing guest who stops by occasionally, but a permanent resident and president in the believer’s life. This presence of the Lord is also our power to live and speak in a way that exemplifies the life of Christ. It was said of the early Christians that the people could tell that they had been with Jesus. Can that be said of us?

When Peter tried to deny that he was one of Jesus’ disciples, those who stood by him knew that he was because his voice betrayed him. I know that is about his Galilean drawl, but what if it is not? What if he had walked with Jesus so long that he talked like Jesus and he could not any longer masquerade it; not even with swearing words? If my love for Christ is being questioned, I hope that my life and voice will prove me; let me sound and be like Jesus.

John wrote, “Whoever says that he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:6)

It is time to sing: “To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, All I ask to be like Him. All through life's journey from earth to Glory, All I ask to be like Him.”

“Yes Lord, that is all I ask of you today: Let me be like you. In every situation, and in every place, be glorified in my life. Forbid that we should flirt with the devil and then try to dress like the Lamb. I have walked with those who made it seem that I was walking with you; that too is my desire. Even when darkness is around me, and there are no other ears to hear, or eyes to see; let even my lonely times be a witness that proclaims, ‘My Jesus, I love you.' Amen”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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