When evangelism centers on the evangelist, we lose sight of the joy of the gospel. Much of my early struggle with witnessing arose from my focus on myself: what I needed to say, do, sound like, or look like. Yet Paul offers us an example of how to discipline our witness so that God is the subject who invites us to participate in telling our story to achieve what God wants to accomplish. Then witnessing becomes a way to grow in our awareness of God’s presence in the world. A focus on sharing the good news of God’s work in the world frees us for joyful witness.
—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
—Acts 1:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, I give thanks for all you have done, are doing, and will do. Because of this, I rejoice.
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