THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
EMPOWERED TO WITNESS - 2
Today’s reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
We are empowered to witness. For what? To do God’s work
in the world, according to His eternal plan. This is “according
to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus
before time began.” (v.9b). Our empowerment to witness
is God’s design, from eternity, sustained by His grace
through Jesus Christ.
do we witness to? We witness to “our savior Jesus Christ,
who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel” (v.10). The good news is that Jesus
went to the cross and won for us our salvation, in the process
destroying death and conquering the enemy. Because of this,
we are restored to the Father, and can look forward to entering
heaven and eternal life. This is the gospel we proclaim.
God has provided everything needed--salvation, grace, victory,
empowerment, hope for heaven. But we need to respond. We need
to become fitting instruments. This happens when we respond
to three calls.
are called to be holy. “He saved us and called us to
a holy life” (v.9a). We are a people set apart. We are
to be holy as God is holy. We are to be perfect as the heavenly
Father is perfect. We are to be saints.
are called to witness. We are to proclaim the gospel boldly,
in or out of season. We are to proudly proclaim our faith
and the saving work of our Lord. “So do not be ashamed
of your testimony to our Lord” (v.8a). We do so even
as we are ridiculed, opposed, oppressed, persecuted. We are
willing to give our all, even our very lives. We are martyrs.
are called to mission. When we evangelize, we engage in spiritual
warfare. We face powerful earth forces backed by a powerful
diabolical being. It will be difficult and we will be bruised
and bloodied. We will need to “bear (our) share of hardship
for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
(v.8b). We are the army of God. We go forth in the strength
of His might. We are warriors.
have received our call. We have been empowered to witness.
So now go.