John 15:27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
When things happen without clear evidence, there is often an appeal for witnesses. Such a witness is an individual who is invited to give a report about something they have seen or heard. While therefore it might seem an easy feat to take the role of a witness because we have something to say, Jesus suggests a rather tough criteria for witnesses: ‘because you have been with me from the beginning.’
This criteria is what was used in Acts 1:21 by the Apostles to select a replacement for Judas Iscariot: “Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us”. They chose a man who had been with them from the beginning. Witnessing therefore, is a function of time.
Any kind of meaningful relationship is an investment. Whether with God, or with men, they will require investments of time and resources. We cannot be called true witness of Jesus unless we have spent a long enough time with Him to understand His ways and His works. Otherwise about whom and what will we be witnessing?
Witnessing is thus a function of time: time spent knowing the person about whom we are to report, and time spent maturing as individuals.
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