Acts 3:11-26; Psalms 8:2-9; Luke 24:35-48
The bible is full of stories of our failure to see God’s goodness and heed God’s commands and direction for us, not to mention, our lack of faith, as clouded by our own limited knowledge of everything. We find comfort in relying on ourselves than on the Lord. We like to be in control of everything. This pride has caused us to sin countless times. Even Jesus’ closest disciples were guilty of taking matters into their own hands, and one of then didn’t even give Jesus a chance to forgive him. Yet, the Lord constantly shows us that there is a better way – His way. When everything else has failed, The Lord’s way proves to be the only way and the right way.
The Lord has on countless times, revealed His true nature to us through the prophets, messages, the miracles, and the person of Jesus Christ. In repentance and faith in Jesus only can we be saved from sin, and triumph over any trial and sickness. The Lord did this to His followers back in His time so that they may be witnesses of the power of God’s love over everything, even evil.
We are called by Jesus to be witnesses. With this, He is not asking us to preach or talk about the many miracles that the Lord has performed, nor talk about His love and mercy to others. We are asked to be shining examples of His goodness by letting others experience His love and mercy by being compassionate and forgiving through our ways. He wants us to show kindness and generosity, simplicity and honesty to others, which may be considered miracles to others, especially in today’s world where it is surrounded by greed, pride, arrogance, and materialism. The world is corrupt, and it needs witnesses to remind the people that the Lord exists, and that the world can be a better place to live if we follow Him. We need to remind the world just as Jesus reminded His disciples that He is present among us, walking with us in our every experience of life, in happy times and in times of trials, despair and grief. We need to let others know that they are not alone, and that they are loved. We can do all these by being examples to others rather than preaching in words, for it is very easy to preach the wisdom coming from God rather than doing what God teaches. If others see you as a fine example of what a Christian should be, a lot of people will be touched and will be inspired to do the same.