Witnessing Without Fear of Persecution (Acts 5:17-26/Psalm 34/John 3:16-21)
For every baptised Christian, we have a responsibility to witness for the Most Blessed Trinity in whose name we have been baptised. By virtue of our baptism we have become chosen witnesses of Jesus. In baptism we received the Holy Spirit which made us children of God; and as God's children, we are part of a very closely knitted family that we need to stand by always.
Today we read about two apostles who were not afraid to be witnesses. Being witnesses earned them imprisonment. But as we know, the work of God must go on. God is able to remove obstacles that stand on the path of the Gospel. Hence they were set free from prison by a miracle and went straight back into witnessing.
We have to accept the fact that there will always be opposition to the preaching of the Gospel and persecution for those who try to witness with their lives. We have to make up our minds to be determined to be bold and not afraid. When the trials and persecutions come, we take them with a cheerful heart and ensure that our witnessing continues.
God did not spare his only Son but gave him to the world so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. If nothing can separate God's love for us and if He did not spare sacrificing His Son, then nothing what so ever should deter us from following Jesus and witnessing. Be assured of His faithfulness both in this life and the world to come.
Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit which gives me boldness to be a witness of the Resurrection. Be always glorified in the sufferings and persecution that come my way. Help me to remain faithful always. Amen.