By definition, a disciple of Christ is always stepping up spiritually by bearing witness to Jesus the Christ. Being a disciple need not mean that you throw off all your earthly occupations or do away with all other endeavors in life. However, if you are a disciple, it generally means that you regard the spiritual work that you do in Jesus’ name, his Spirit and his teaching as the overriding and pervading goal.
A practical way to express it is that this sense christian mysticism of alignment with Spirit is the glue that holds the parts of the chair together. The glue of Spirit also helps us prioritize so that we do the things that matter most during our current short mortal existence.
Before Jesus was taken up in the cloud before the very eyes of the disciples and the others, he gave them his parting instructions. Consider what you might say to your loved ones, to your family and friends and co-workers if you knew that in five or ten minutes you would be taken up from this earth. What would be the most important thing to say to them? What would be the greatest love and comfort you could leave them with to remember? How would you help them to remember what your own mission had been and what their mission was to be?
Well, Jesus did know that he would be taken up and this is what he said to his disciples and followers: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” He said, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me.” This sounds like a commandment, doesn’t it? It is certainly an affirmation, a declaration, even a decree. And it is also a promise. It is Jesus making a new covenant with those that follow after his life’s demonstration made all things new. You mean that you and I can become a Christ, too? Yes!
How many times have you thought about what your life is supposed to be about? What is your witness? Do you still wonder about those old questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Well, whenever you feel less than confident about the answer, remember this commandment and promise from Jesus: “Ye shall be witnesses unto me.” This means you are to witness unto the Christ in action of Jesus, the Christ in action in me, and in you, and in all these others.
How many ways can you be a witness to the Christ and then be a witness to the Christ of your own Self? In answering that question, remember that people would rather see a sermon than hear one any day. The greatest way to teach and to witness is to be an example – a model. Be an example of a Christ for your family, your co-workers, your leaders and even for your so-called enemies.
Remember that in order to demonstrate your belief in Jesus the Christ, you must become the Christ of you. This is what he came to teach and to demonstrate — that all the things he did, we are supposed to do and even greater. This Christ essence is in each one of us — waiting to be awakened, developed and demonstrate