“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
In legal jargon, the word witness refers to a person with first-hand evidence, expertise or knowledge pertinent to a trial. We have the biblical accounts because God chose and used men to witness of His plan and purpose in creation. In the Old Testament, these men were “prophets, [who] though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21). In the New Testament, the work of spreading the Good News was carried out by those who were “eyewitnesses of His majesty”(2 Peter1:16), and those whose lives had been transformed by the power of God.
After her encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan woman received the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah. She went back and told others in the town, and they became believers (John 4:4:42). The Bible tells us about the two blind men and the leper who after receiving healing from Jesus went out and spread the news about him throughout the region (Matthew 9: 27-31; Mark 1:40-45). Their testimony was not in words only but their changed condition was evidence of the power of God.
In the Church today, many believers are apprehensive and shy away from witnessing because of the traditional idea that witnessing is accosting strangers in the street with tracts, or knocking on people’s doors on a Saturday morning (wink; Jehovah witnesses). Witnessing ought to be produced as a direct result of who we are; witnesses. When we love and serve our families at home, when we smile at the grumpy attendant at the drive thru, when we say a kind word to the unfriendly cashier at the register, when we agree to fill in, again, at the last minute at work, we are telling of the power of God that changed our lives.
If you have passed from death to life, if God lives in you, if you have an eternal hope, tell them.