“People of Israel, you are my witnesses, I chose you to be my servant”.
Isa 43:10 GNB
One of the most effective ways to publicize a product is to get someone who has used it to say how excellent it is. The person becomes a witness for the product. When you see someone who says, “It worked for me, try it” you can start using it with confidence. And when, in a court of law you have a witness whose testimony sounds genuine, again you can give a certain amount of weight to what they say.
When God chose the Israelites to be his special people he had a definite role in mind for them. They were not just to sit back and enjoy the love and protection of God. They had to obey his commandments and to tell the world about him. There was a certain amount of “competition” between the various gods of the nations. People boasted about the effectiveness of their god, and were only too happy to receive a devotee from another nation’s god “on transfer”. So they had a God-given mission among the nations of the world, to testify to God’s power and love. Sometimes they did this. Most of the time they didn’t. But the pressure to tell about him increased with time.
When Jesus called his disciples it was with this specific role in mind. After his resurrection he told them, “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 NIV). That commission was not restricted to those first disciples. It comes to all disciples today. That includes you.
Lord, make me an effective witness for you.