Wednesday, August 5, 2015

We Are Witnesses

We are witnesses.
Boaz made sure that there were witnesses to his interaction and agreement with the nearest kinsman. The witnesses, saw and agreed that the agreement took place and they confirmed that Boaz was now rightfully entitled to the land and Ruth.

We are witnesses.
Do witnesses have a responsibility? I think they do. As witnesses, they were to make sure that the nearest kinsman did not try to get the land from Boaz at a later time. As witnesses, they were to see that Boaz fulfilled his agreement and bought the land, and took Ruth as his wife. 

We are witnesses.
We are witnesses to things each and every day. We witness good acts and bad. We witness kindness and cruelty.  We witnesses godly actions and attitudes and ungodly. 

As witnesses we have a responsibility. 
When we witnesses various actions and attitudes how to we respond? Sadly, too often in our society today, we stand there taking pictures to post on Twitter or Facebook, but we don't intervene when necessary. When we see acts of kindness and generosity, we ignore it—most often because it puts us in a bad light, or we wonder why we weren't the recipients of that action. 

As Christian witnesses we have even a greater responsibility. 
This past Sunday there was a baptism at my Church. As a witness to that, I have a responsibility to pray for those individuals as they grow in their relationship with God. I also have a responsibly to pray for other believers, and encourage them. I also have a responsibility to share God's love with those with whom I come in contact. 

We are witnesses. 
Today, as I go about my day, I know that I'll witness many things. Will I act in accordance with my God given responsibly? If my heart is permeated with a deeps sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), then I'll be ready to take the action as a witness! 

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