Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 4:6-13
Key Verse: “For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” 1 Corinthians 4:9
When we think about witnessing, most of us think about a certain event at a certain point in time: we went knocking on doors, we shared our testimony, we gave a Bible study . . . and therefore we witnessed. But what if witnessing was more than that? What if we are witnessing every minute of our lives? What if we realized that we are a spectacle to the world with every choice we make each day? Would we make the same choices? Would we choose to speak the same words? Would we choose to act the same way?
Consider the following passage from one of my favorite books, Christian Service:
“The glory of the church of God is in the piety of its members; for there is the hiding of Christ’s power. The influence of the sincere children of God may be esteemed as of little worth, but it will be felt throughout time, and rightly revealed in the day of reward. The light of a true Christian, shining forth in steadfast piety, in unwavering faith, will prove to the world the power of a living Saviour. . . . I have been shown that the disciples of Christ are His representatives upon the earth; and God designs that they shall be lights in the moral darkness of this world, dotted all over the country, in the towns, villages, and cities, ‘a spectacle unto the world, to angels, and to man’” (Christian Service, p. 19).
Can we be this light and witness in and of ourselves? No!
Ellen White continues, “The followers of Christ are to be the light of the world; but God does not bid them make an effort to shine. He does not approve of any self-satisfied endeavor to display superior goodness. He desires that their souls shall be imbued with the principles of heaven; then, as they come in contact with the world, they will reveal the light that is in them. Their steadfast fidelity in every act of life will be a means of illumination” (Christian Service, pp. 19, 20).
It’s hard to recognize the seriousness of the times in which we live and that every choice we make might be influencing someone’s eternal destiny. But people are watching, angels are watching, and, most importantly, God is watching. Will we be faithful with the witness He’s given us?
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the example that Jesus set for us when He was on earth. Forgive us that we have not witnessed for You as we should have. Help us to remember that we are a spectacle to the world, that the choices we make are actually affecting others for eternity. We cannot be who You’ve called us to be in our own strength. Put Your love in our hearts. Teach us what it means to love others and, most of all, what it means to love and obey You. As we live our daily lives, may others not see us but instead see a reflection of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
By Raluca Ril
(Raluca is co-author with her husband, Roman, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. She and her husband currently serve as missionaries in Germany. To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)