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We Serve to Witness to the World
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We are called by God, not to be served, but to serve others. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus says “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” I don’t think it is a coincidence that in the same breath, Jesus mentions service and sacrifice. He came to this world to serve and then to die.

 

worldglobewithhands.pngIn Acts 2, the day of Pentecost, the themes of Service and Witness came together in a spectacular display of power and faith:

 

2 “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to” (Acts 2:2-4).

 

After this awesome display, Peter addresses the crowd and explains that this was all ordained and is now fulfilled:

 

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made his Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2 36-41).

 

On that day, the Holy Spirit descended on those that truly believed and they were able to do great things in the name of Jesus. In one day, the apostles witnessed to those in attendance, and with the Holy Spirit consuming them, served thousands of people by baptizing them into God’s Kingdom.

 

Now, you or I will probably never get to experience a day like the day of Pentecost. However, we are still called to witness to those we encounter. For many, they would rather be scraped over hot coals than be asked to speak to someone about their faith. It is not something they are comfortable with and that is completely understandable. Every person has their own unique spiritual gifts. Our responsibility is to identify what spiritual gifts we do possess and utilize them to serve and witness to those around us.