But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NLT)
The Bible explains that Holy Spirit empowers us in various ways. One way He helps us is in becoming influential so we can be living witnesses to our belief and salvation in Christ.
Interestingly, the word “witness” is also used interchangeably in the New Testament to mean martyr. Now, most people aren’t seeking martyrdom, but when it comes down to it, what would we truly lay our lives down for? Our houses? Our cars? No, those are replaceable.
Most of us would say for our spouses or children, but what Jesus is showing here is how strong our belief (and as a result, our confidence as witnesses for Him) should be.
By understanding this, we can see how vital our witness is. Our lives hold infinite, life-changing importance for the Kingdom because our conversations, influence, friendships, generosity and all that we do can work to reach those who might not otherwise hear the gospel.
When I look back at my life, I don’t want my legacy to be about making a lot of money or being famous, although there’s nothing wrong with those things. I want my legacy to be that I did something for the cause of Christ that will echo throughout eternity.
You can be a witness to the truth of God’s incredible love, goodness and joy in your life. This leads to a life of true significance as you influence others who don’t know Jesus—and that’s a purpose worth dedicating your life to!