These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deut. 6:6-9
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. Acts 1:8
Although the first Scripture is often used as a parenting Scripture it is really a life style Scripture. When Scripture uses terms like “heart,” it means all of you. It includes your emotions, intellect, and essentially every part of you—your whole life. The encouragement of this Scripture is that through the course of our everyday life, we talk about our relationship with the Lord. It says we are to talk about Him “when you sit at home and walk along the road” and when “you lie down and get up.” It’s a natural part of who you are.
Your relationship with the Lord simply oozes out of you. It could say; when you’re driving in the car, or mothers, when you’re cooking or shopping, or fathers when you’re tossing the ball around in the back yard, or friends, when you’re in the break room or having lunch together. Throughout the casual conversation of your everyday life your relationship with God comes out.
It also suggests in verse 8 that we set up conversation starters or reminders—symbols on hands, doorframes of houses, gates, etc. This could equate to plaques, monuments, particular Scriptures posted on your refrigerator framed on the walls of your home.
All of this is the essence of witnessing. Acts 1:8 says we are to “be [my] witnesses.” Note that the word witness or witnesses is a noun. It’s more about be-ing than doing. It’s about who you are. Witnessing is usually thought of as evangelism. It’s not. Again, it’s about be-ing. You are a Witness 100% of the time; while every once in a while we engage in evangelism.
The challenge then is to be aware that your life of faith is not personal, it’s public. Who you are in the ebb and flow of your life is the example of what it means to be a Christian to everyone you bump shoulders with. Talk, share, relate, communicate, just simply be a witness, because that’s who you are.