According to a recent JAMA article, the axiom "an apple a day will keep the doctor away" may well have
some verifiable benefit to its claim. 'A witness a day for Christ' would seem the least we should commit to in our
endeavor to maintain excellent 'spiritual health' and to be obedient to His commandments. 'A witness' can be as
straightforward as "I want to share with you that Jesus Christ saved my soul, made a way for me to be
born-again, forgives my sins and has given me eternal life through the blood of His(1) Cross". There is enough
'witness' in that confession to begin sharing your testimony and His work in your life with anyone desiring to be
saved. Romans 10:9-10 gives us a scriptural path to accept Christ as our Lord and Savor: "if you confess with
your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it
is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." To
acknowledge Jesus as Lord certainly involves: (1) a recognition of His deity; (2) a recognition of His ability to
save; (3) an acknowledgment of His sovereign right as God-Savior to demand obedience to Himself in all things;(2)
and (4) a confessed belief that God raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand.(3) If it is our
undeniable belief that we should "truly live for Christ" and "the life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me and gave himself for me"(4) then our witness of Him must be at the center of our "truly live"
The individual believer's witness seems to have taken an aft position to the emerged corporate (church)
presence. With all the great religious edifices, sprawling church campuses, abounding television ministries and 'pop
religious' movements, many seem to believe "with all that" the church has 'witness enough'. Knowing and not
doing are equal to not knowing at all! "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says ... goes
away and immediately forgets ...".(5) We read in Luke 6:32-33 "If you love those who love you, what credit
(reward) is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to
you, what credit (reward) is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that". In Matthew 5:47 we also find "if you greet only
your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?" The same principle applies
when we only fellowship and witness with other believers and seldom venture into the territory of the 'unsaved' to
express to them the same joy and love for Christ we share with our redeemed brethren. Where would we be
today if the person who witnessed to us, in the way that prompted us to accepted Christ into our life, had decided
to 'let someone else do that', rationalizing that "I've got some really important other things to do"?
A blessing to speak over an unsaved soul (which ought to cause him to think about what you have said, if not
to ask you about) is "may God bless your day through Jesus Christ reigning in your life" or a greeting of
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord".(6) The
Hebrew 'greeting' and 'farewell' are the same word, "Shalom", meaning "health, prosperity, peace and safety".
Our witness does not have to be a three point sermon plus a poem! In John 14:12-13 Jesus states, "He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto
my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son".
The greater works here is referring to works done in the strength of the Holy Spirit, works greater in number,
scope, volume and extent, and not in value or miraculous wonder. In verse 13, Christ directs us to evoke His
name in the performance of our works, in our actions as well as in our prayers "that the Father may be glorified in
the Son". There are so many souls that are "just a witness away" from hearing the truth of the gospel, receiving
the gift of salvation and being brought into the Kingdom through the witness of ordinary believers such as you and
me. We read in the Book of Revelation when the Book of Life is opened they (Saints) "were judged according to
their works, by the things which were written in the books".(7) Don't let your works be without a greater witness
to the unsaved, who are "just a witness away" from you fulfilling Christ's commandment to take the gospel to all
parts ... the Holy Spirit will bring the witnesses by your place, if you ask Him to, and are willing to accept
whatever He brings to your "door of testimony".
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) [Col. 1:20] (2) [BSB.Note, Rom. 10:9] (3) [Eph. 1:20] (4) [Gal. 2:20] (5) [Jas. 1:23-4] (6) [2 Pet. 1:2] (7) [Rev. 20:12]