While reading through and considering this passage, the big words that stood out to us were “bear” and “witness”.
▶︎ To bear something is to carry it. It also communicates action to transport, convey, or conduct oneself in a particular manner.
▶︎ To witness something is to serve as evidence of its existence, and/or to experience it personally.
To compound upon last weeks reading, we would encourage you to consider the ways in which you can bear witness of the Light, and more particularly, of Christ’s coming - both as a child, and the day that He will come again in Glory to claim His own and usher creation into a new existence.
Questions to consider:
How do you carry the truth of theGospel with you daily?
How do you serve others as evidence of the Gospel?
Do you live in a way that is looking forward to Christ’s return?
if so, how so?
if not, why not?
It’s our prayer that in light of each of these questions, you would remember the overarching narrative that is taking place. We are called to live as John - to live as humble witnesses of the Light! Humble witnesses of Christ Jesus and His story of redemption - The Gospel! (Matthew 28, “The Great Commission”)
That being said, we inevitably fail at what God has called us to. Despite our striving, we can’t live up to the standard Jesus has set.
But because of God’s great love, and His desire to be in communion with His people, He gives us the righteousness that Christ has earned. The perfect record that Jesus lived out on Earth is accounted to us through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
It’s our hope and prayer that the knowledge and experience of that story would motivate you to continue in the struggle towards faithfully, humbly bearing witness of the Light.
Ways you can pray:
Express your thanks to, and bless God for his provision in Christ - for Jesus is both the light, and the power for us to boldly proclaim witness of the Light.
Ask the Holy Spirit to continue His work of sanctification in you, and for Him to continue creating opportunities to bear witness to those around you.
Ask God to remind you often of the promise of Christ’s return. Ask that the knowledge of that would have effectual power here and now for you and your ministry.
Songs to Accompany the Study:
Go Tell it on the Mountain • Penny & Sparrow • Christmas Songs
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus • Shane and Shane • A Worship Initiative Christmas
Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel • Josh Garrels • The Light Came Down
Psalm 34 (Taste and See) • Shane and Shane • Psalms, vol. II
Hear the Sound • Ascend the Hill • O Ransomed Son
As Long as I live (Psalm 63) • The Sing Team • Oh! Great is Our God!