Jill Jarrell Newsome
Location, Location, Location
When COVID first came out and we were all staying home, a night out was in our back yard - I learned a lot. The blessings were learning a lot about myself, learning to be content with less, being content without my usual crowds and so many other things. I actually found that I loved not having to buy things like makeup and clothes that year. I wore work out clothes and never work make up. We have known we are boat and water people but that went to an even higher level when I needed to get out. I remember anchoring beside some friends - six feet apart and talking across the water. It worked! We learned that we wanted to move closer to our boat and closer to friends because you do not know what the future holds. Who could have expected this? Location is important! Recently I saw this on Facebook. "Worried about dying? Don't. You will live forever. All you have to worry about is location, location, location."
There is absolutely nothing more important in your life right now than making sure that you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. A friend asked me last week if I thought this was the end of times. I laughed because even Jesus Christ does not know when the end is. I, agree, that things that are happening are predicted in the Bible. But I think there have many predictions before us thinking it was the end of time. Most importantly, are you ready? If you are, have you witnessed to others? Think of your family, your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors, etc. I know there is someone that needs to hear about Jesus! I remember reading the Left Behind series and someone commented that it was fiction. Yes, but I learned a lot about Revelations through it and I learned that I would not want anyone, and I mean anyone, to be left behind!
Acts 1: 8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” You know, until recent years, have I read Scripture literally as, "you will". I guess I liked to think it said, you can be my witnesses but it does not. It says, "you will be my witnesses..." In other words, God is not asking, He is telling. Like when my Momma said, "I am not asking, I am telling." I may have shared this before from Rick Warren. "Most people are scared to death to be a witness. They think a witness means they have to explain why Jesus died on the cross, quote Scripture verses from memory, and know a bunch of theology and doctrine. You don’t have to know a single Bible verse to be a witness. Do you know the difference between a witness and an attorney? It is the job of the attorney to press the case, to show the evidence, and to ask for a decision. Not once in Scripture does Jesus say, 'You will be my attorney.' It’s not your job to convince people to accept Christ. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. You’re not called to be an attorney. But you are called and commanded by God to be a witness."
"If we understand what lies ahead for those who do not know Christ, there will be a sense of urgency in our witness." David Jeremiah
Would God be proud of my witness?