Evening, November 7, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth..” — Acts 1:8
In order to learn how to discharge your duty as a witness for Christ, look at his example. He is always witnessing: by the well of Samaria, or in the Temple of Jerusalem: by the lake of Gennesaret, or on the mountainside. He is witnessing night and day; his mighty prayers are as vocal to God as his daily service. He witnesses under all circumstances; Scribes and Pharisees cannot shut his mouth; even before Pilate he witnesses a good confession. He witnesses so clearly and distinctly that there is no mistake in him. Christian, make your life a clear testimony. You be as the brook in which you may see every stone at the bottom–not as the muddy creek, of which you only see the surface–but clear and transparent, so that your heart’s love to God and man may be visible to all. You need not say, “I am true;” be true. Do not boast of integrity, but be honorable. In that way your testimony will be such that men cannot help seeing it. Never, for fear of fallible man, restrain your witness. Your lips have been warmed with a coal from off the altar; let them speak as like heaven-touched lips should do. “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand.” Do not watch the clouds, or consult the wind; in season and out of season witness for the Savior, and if it shall come to pass that for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s you shall endure suffering in any shape, do not retreat, but rejoice in the honor that has been conferred upon you, that you are counted worthy to suffer with your Lord; and joy also in this — that your sufferings, your losses, and persecutions shall make you a platform from which you shall witness for Christ Jesus even more vigorously and with greater power. Study your great Exemplar, and be filled with his Spirit. Remember that you need much teaching, much upholding, much grace, and much humility, if your witnessing is to be to your Master’s glory.