A man once commented to a friend about how glad he was that he was a soldier in the Lord’s army. His friend replied, “I’m in the service for the Lord too.” The first fellow was surprised to hear this, and he answered, “I’ve known you for years, and I never knew that you were in the Lord’s army!” “Yes”, came the reply. “I’m in the Secret Service!”
Of course there is no Secret Service in the Lord’s army. Jesus says, “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9).
Many people are intimidated by the prospect of speaking up and professing their faith in Jesus, but he obviously wants us to do that. He promises to give us power for the task. In Acts 1:8, the resurrected Jesus gives his followers their marching orders—“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.”
Did you get that? He gives us power to be his witnesses. A witness simply tells others what happened. Jesus wants us to tell people what he has done for us. The gospel is not a secret to keep; it is a joyful message to be shared!