BEing a witness to our community, state, nation and world is something we are, not something we do. Being a witness is a mandate given to us by Christ himself. Acts 1:8 tells us that after receiving power, we will BE His witnesses. Yes, we do things to witness, but most importantly, we are to BE a witness. You don’t have to be creative, educated, innovative or make it up as you go. You simply tell what Christ has done for you, what you know of Him and what you have learned from Him.
Opportunities to BE a witness exist everywhere. You can BE a witness in your “Jerusalem” as you go to the grocery, bank, school, park, work or for a walk in your neighborhood. God has gifted and equipped you to BE His witness and very close to you are pregnancy care centers, homeless shelters, clothing and hunger relief ministries, after school programs, nursing homes, hospitals and community events.
Will you BE a witness in your Judea (Kentucky) or Samaria (North America)? Missionaries and ministry leaders need help from people like yourself who are willing to go and meet needs related to church planting, evangelism, construction, church strengthening and community outreach. The witness of trained Disaster Relief workers are needed following a tornado, flood, hurricane, or ice storm. For a complete list of current opportunities, visit www.kybaptist.org/GO or www.kybaptist.org/DR.
Will you BE a witness across the pond to or to the utter most part of the world? Missionaries in Greece and Europe are needing people to come a BE a witness by prayerwalking, evangelizing boroughs, planting churches or ministering to refugees. Villages in sub-Saharan Africa need volunteers to BE a witness by drilling wells for drinking water, delivering hospice buckets for AIDS patients and caring for orphans.
These are only a few of the many opportunities to BE a witness that I’m aware of. To quote William Shakespeare, “to BE or not to be”, that is the question. If His power is upon you, it’s not a choice you make. The command is to BE. If we’re not BEing a witness, one must ask, “is His power upon me?”