My friend, Michele is giving a talk on an upcoming Via de Cristo weekend. The title of her talk is “Apostolic Action” which is defined as anything we do with the sole purpose of influencing others to develop a relationship with Christ; in essence, witnessing.
When Michele gave her talk at a recent team meeting, the idea that stood out most for me is this: witnessing to others is not an option. Let me repeat that: WITNESSING IS NOT AN OPTION.
If we examine the words of Jesus in Acts known as the Great Commission, we see how true this is.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
This is a command, not a request. Jesus did not say, “some of you will be my witnesses,” or “you may choose to be my witnesses,” He said, “you will be my witnesses.” Like it or not, it’s a simple fact.
There’s a story I’ve heard that goes something like this: when Jesus returned to Heaven, some angels asked Him how He intended to spread the gospel throughout the world. He replied that He had trained and sent out 12 disciples. The angels responded, “what if these disciples fail? What will You do next?” Jesus replied, “There is no other plan.”
The disciples were the first witnesses; we are His witnesses today. It’s not an option. There is no other plan.