I like fictional legal dramas. Perry Mason, Law & Order, 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men. Real legal dramas in the media just aren’t as interesting. OJ, BTK, The Menendez Brothers. While I feel for the families, I don’t need another reminder of the messed-up nature of our society.
One of the things the lawyers try to do is discredit the witnesses. Even though the witness isn’t the one on trial, they can sometimes end up going through the ringer. As long as the witness isn’t lying and doesn’t have a hidden agenda, then they don’t really have anything to worry about. All that they have to do is testify as to what they saw or experienced. The jury decides what to do with the rest.
“You shall be witness of Me.”
As a believer, as a disciple of Jesus, at some point in your life you have gone through a transformation. Even if you were raised in a church, you reached a point in your life where your relationship with Jesus became your own and wasn’t based in your family. If this has not yet happened for you, then you have some soul searching to do. For now we will assume that you love Jesus because you choose to do so. You have recognized that you have sinned and are a sinner. God is holy, you are not. God is perfect, you are not. Without the intervention of His Son Jesus, you would be separated from God for eternity. You have confessed your sin, you have called on Him to forgive you and to erase the debt you could never repay. You trust the Lord when He says in His word that He has done this. You know you are clean. You can feel it. You rejoice in it, in fact. You’re forgiven! You’re new!
While nothing else is required for your salvation, because it isn’t anything you can do but what God has done, there is more that God has for you. As if salvation wasn’t enough, God wants to have a personal relationship with you and to use you to share Him with others. That is the primary function of God’s Holy Spirit. His purpose is to be with you, in you, and upon you to accomplish both the relationship and the ability to share it with others. After all, if you don’t have your own relationship with Him, what do you have to share?
Christian, walk with the Lord. Share your testimony (what God has done in your life) with others. The world, including Satan, may try to discredit you. They may try to make you question your own testimony in order to cause doubt. Like Satan said to Eve, “Hath God said…?” Yes, God hath said. Have confidence in God’s word. Have confidence in what He has done in your life. Have confidence in your relationship with Him. Expect Him to do what He has promised to do.
It isn’t up to you to convince the jury, that’s the Holy Spirit’s job. All you have to do is tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. And the truth will set you free.