WITNESS

In a courtroom, witnesses are expected to offer faithful accounts of an event.  In the family of Christ, we have seen and experienced the transforming love of God in Christ.  Our witness to the world is to offer a faithful account of the truth we know, the freedom and power of God’s love to change the world.  Our witness shines in the way we live our daily lives, and in how we share the story of God’s love—the good news of Jesus Christ—with a hungry and hurting world.

Witness is as old as the Christian faith.  The life of Jesus of Nazareth provides the perfect example of faithful witness to thelove of God.  We are not perfect, but our vow calls us to enter the struggle together to become like Christ.

As with the vow of service, faithful witness it the outward sign of the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through us.  It is as if we are filled with light and have no choice but to shine.  Witness grows through prayers and presence; it is nurtured by our gifts of generosity and spirit; it fills our service with joy.  We are all one in Christ, and we are all called to grow in God’s love and to share it with others.  Our true witness in the world is the fruit of the Spirit, the ways we actively live out “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).