It’s been about two years since I wrote Write It Down Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. It’s also been almost a year and a half since I started the WID-series. I’ve had eleven guest bloggers and we’ve had 28 guest posts already! Yayyy! Love it. Loving every part of it. It’s so nice seeing the growing process too and especially seeing and hearing back from the guest bloggers about their experience and feeling in it all. I’m very thankful that God put this on my heart and that others can use this platform as theirs.
This morning during my time with God I read my second chapter of the day, Luke 21. Where in verses 7 till 19 Jesus talks about the signs of the End of the Age. Please read with me:
Luke 21:7-19 [HCSB] – ““Teacher,” they asked Him, “so when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place? ” Then He said, “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Don’t follow them. When you hear of wars and rebellions, don’t be alarmed. Indeed, these things must take place first, but the end won’t come right away.” Then He told them: “Nation will be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness. Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time, for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will kill some of you. You will be hated by everyone because of My name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. By your endurance gain your lives.”
The verse that stuck with me is verse 13, “It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness”. To witness. First I thought He meant ‘to see’, to witness. But then I noticed the little letter hanging high at the end of the verse, directing me to the bottom of the page to find another translation.
“lead to a testimony for you”
This witnessing Jesus was talking about, means to testify. To give a testimony about all the trials and tribulations you went through with God by your side, all the times Jesus comforted you, all the tests the Holy Spirit has guided you through. To give a testimony of your life with God, your life as a representative of Christ. A testimony of a Holy life living Wholly with Christ.
I don’t believe Jesus said this for fun, just to fill in some words in this chapter or His speech or conversation He was having then. Jesus said this because it mattered. Correction: it matters! It has a reason. A purpose. Everything that will happen, all the hardship, being persecuted, hands that will be laid on you, being brought before kings and governors because of His name. All of it, it will lead to an “opportunity” He said. For us to witness, for us to give a testimony. An opportunity; something positive, a good thing, a good situation: a chance to testify. Testifying is good. Jesus wants us to testify, to give our testimony. In this way we give all the glory to Him, as it belongs to Him.
Luke 20:25 [HCSB] – ““Well then,” He told them, “give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.””
Give back to God the things that are God’s. Give Him the glory and testify. Jesus already incentivized you 2000 years ago to testify today. So, what are you still waiting on?
Go, and obey.
(And then let me know when you too would like to be a guest blogger to witness and post your piece).