There’s an old saying about job descriptions. The last responsibility, written or unwritten, is “Do what needs to be done. That seems out of place today since it seems that so many would rather rely on other people to get their work done. “That’s not my job” is a phrase many supervisors are hearing these days. As followers of Christ, what is our job? What are we supposed to do?
Paul was retelling his story to his accusers in Jerusalem. He related how his encounter with Jesus had left him unable to see. Then he recounted how God sent Ananias to him. Ananias used these words to charge Paul with his mission. “You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15) If we really consider those words, that is the task that is set before each and every follower of Christ.
If you have ever been a witness in a courtroom, you can understand this responsibility. The judge charges you to be a witness to all you have seen and heard. Then, as you seek to testify, the defense lawyer and the prosecutor seem to do everything they can to keep you from telling the truth. Paul took this admonition to be a witness to all people and shared the good news about Jesus Christ in spite of beatings, stonings, imprisonments, and many other forms of attacks. He was a faithful witness until his death.
That charge to Paul and the way he carried it out should be an inspiration to every follower of Christ. Often we sit back and wonder what God’s will is. As our associate pastor pointed out in a sermon recently, “Don’t pray about doing what God has already told you to do.” If you want to know the will of God, here’s a pretty good indicator. What Ananias told Paul was pretty much the same thing that Jesus told the disciples on the hillside: “You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth.” The message is clear. Whatever you do, wherever you go, you are to be a witness of what you have seen and you have heard.” Do it!
Dear Lord, I know You tell me to be a witness of what You have done in my life. Sometimes I live that out. Other times I am worried or afraid of how people will react. Give me the boldness to share the amazing news of Your grace and forgiveness to others as I come into contact with them.