April 30 Wednesday of the 2nd week of Easter: A thought for those who want to bear prophetic witness through lifestyle
Acts 5:17-26; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9; John 3:16-21
“Tell the people everything about this life.” Acts 5:20
The operative word for Christianity is “life.” Jesus came that we might “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). And have it “eternally.” The angel told the apostles, “Tell the people everything about this life.” So as “witnesses” to the Good News, we need to talk about what it is like to live a life of relationship (constant interaction) with Jesus.
Is that your most frequent topic of conversation?
Golfers talk about golf, because they enjoy it. Investors talk about the market, because they are invested in it. Parents talk about their children, because they are wrapped up in them. If we don’t talk about Jesus, what does it say about our relationship with him?
What feelings do you associate with “religion”? Obligation? Guilt? Joy? Excitement? Love? Is your religion an intimate, exciting relationship (interaction) with Jesus?
For you, is “talking religion” more about doctrines or experiences?
Is it more about obligations or openness to others? Guilt or gratefulness? Is Jesus someone you enjoy? Are you invested in his work? Wrapped up in dealing with him? Are you constantly “telling people everything about this life?”
John says that anyone who “lives the truth” of Christianity is glad to “bring it into the light.” That is one way of knowing whether you are a witness,
PRAY: Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
PRACTICE: Talk more about your experience of Jesus.