Being a witness

Please note: The last Growing in Discipleship daily devotion will be posted on Saturday, October 25. We will be posting some other places to find daily devotions online, or to have them delivered to email in the days ahead.

Date: Saturday, October 18

Scripture1 John 1:1-4

VerseWe announce to you what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have seen and our hands handled, about the word of life. (1 John 1:1)

lebron-witnesses-tight-focusThis offseason, Lebron James returned to the basketball team with whom he started, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron grew up in Cleveland and was drafted by the Cavaliers right out of high school. He was a standout, and it was fairly obvious from the beginning that he would be a very special NBA star. Getting in early on the success they knew he would have, the marketing team at Nike began a campaign in and around Cleveland using the tagline: We are all witnesses. The people of Cleveland were getting to see the beginning of the career of one who is in the conversation of the best ever.

Sometimes when it comes to our sharing of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we forget that we have been called to be witnesses. We are not called to be teachers, professors, experts, or anything of the sort. We are simply called to be witnesses, telling others what we have seen and experienced in Jesus. That’s the way John introduced himself and his team in the letter of first John, “We announce to you…what we have heard, what we have seen…about the word of life.” They aren’t there to argue, they have come to share this amazing experience that has changed their lives.

Part of Nike’s marketing campaign was a T-shirt with one word on it: Witness. It was a way fans of Lebron James identified themselves. They were eager to tell everyone just what great basketball they were watching. As Christians, we need those same shirts. We too are witnesses of something far more valuable. Jesus has given meaning to our lives, peace in our struggles, and hope for the future. We need not necessarily convince anyone of that. We are instead called to share what we have seen, heard, and felt. We are all witnesses.

Prayer: Grant me courage, Lord Jesus, to tell the world what you have done for me. Amen.

Action: In the course of a conversation in the next few days, tell someone what Jesus has done for you.

Respond: Have you ever followed a star from the beginning, convinced they were fantastic before the rest of the world knew?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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