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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Witness

(Timothy Griffin)
October 8, 2012

siren.jpgSeveral months ago, I dropped my youngest son off at school, with the plans of returning home to do a little yard work, bike riding and praying before heading back to my office.

As I got close to home, I came upon a surprising amount of traffic. It didn’t take me long to realize that there had just been a traffic accident. As I made a quick turn to take an alternate route, I glanced back at the cars involved in the collision and surmised that the second car must have basically hit the first car while it was at a complete stop. I saw at least one of the drivers surveying the damage.

I proceeded home and begin doing the aforementioned yard work. A few minutes later, I heard the sound of fire trucks and instinctively, I knew where they were headed.

I didn’t think anything more about the accident until about an hour later as I begin making my way back toward my office. As I began nearing the location, I thought to myself that the cars were probably removed by now. As I got closer, I indeed found that not only were the cars removed, but there was absolutely no sign of the accident. There were no skid marks, no broken glass, nothing.

In fact, the only reason I knew there had been an accident was because I had witnessed the remnants of it. But that was enough proof for me. Why? Because God has blessed me with an intricate processing system called a brain, allowing me to see, believe, remember and explain reality.

As is often the case, my mind began to wonder, and I began thinking hypothetically about a person who hadn’t seen the accident and looking_up.jpghow they might receive the news. I though they might hear or read the news report and see pictures. I thought if they were interested enough, they could even get details from a police report. But, the real testimony that would paint the clearest picture would be an eyewitness account. It’s something about the details provided by a person who was at the scene that brings the reality and even the excitement of an event home.

As I continued thinking, I begin to consider the situation spiritually and I considered another event that took place two thousand years ago. It wasn’t an accident, but a divine appointment -- an appearance by the Son of God. But it is an event that many people did not and still do not believe took place.

Thank God, I believe and because of this, I have been called by God to be a witness. In fact, I have been told to go out into the highways and byways and compel them to come in. But, how do I compel?

First, I point to scripture and proclaim it to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God. I explain that scripture was written by men that talked with God, men that walked with God, men that saw the miracles He performed when He came to earth as man.  But, ultimately, understanding the cynicism ingrained into the minds of many of my 21st century contemporaries, my power to compel will be based on my eyewitness account. In the words of the old hymn, I’ve got to tell the world that God “walks with me, He talks with me and He tells me that I am His own.” Like the woman at the well, I’ve got to say, “Come, see a man that told me all that I ever did,” and yet loves me anyway. (John 4:29)

And finally before I witness, when I witness and after I witness, I have to “let my light so shine before me that they may see my good works and glorify my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.