More, on Speaking for the Living
Isaiah 43:10 NET
You are my witnesses,” says the Lord,
“my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may consider and believe in me,
and understand that I am he.
No god was formed before me,
and none will outlive me.
Acts 1:8 NET But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”
One of the important facets (for me, anyway) about being a Speaker is the difference between being an attorney, a judge, and a witness. Think about it – who has the scariest job in the courtroom? Isn’t it the judge, in whose hands someone’s life or death might rest? Thank God that He, not I, is the Judge of all the living. Me being in charge of judging would not go well for some people!
Who works the hardest in the courtroom? The attorneys! They have to spend all this time building a case, arranging facts and stories and exhibits in just the right order to offer the most persuasive and powerful argument. Thank God that His Spirit, not I, is our Paraclete – the one who comes alongside us in troubled times to offer words on our behalf. That is too much work for me.
These passages offer the opportunity to be relieved of a great deal of stress, if only we would accept our role in the Mission of God. We are not attorneys, charged with convincing the crowd of the truth of our case. Nor are we the judge, responsible for the fate of those in front of us (William Young’s moving scene in The Shack about how badly we want to be the judge is transformative reading).
We are witnesses.
We are witnesses of the Christ. We tell, in word and deed, the story of Jesus – both what He did in His 1st century time and what He continues to do in our lives today. That’s our privilege – that’s our responsibility – that’s our calling. Judging, convincing, convicting – that’s above our pay grade.
We Speak – for the Living.