In this verse God is telling us believers that we are His witnesses. This shows us that we are able to have knowledge that others do not have. We are His servants. We are here to serve Him. To follow His commands. To lead others to Him. We have been chosen to know Him on a level that no other knows Him. We are chosen to believe in Him. Because not everyone has the ability to believe in Him. We are chosen to have the ability to understand that He alone is God. He alone is the one true God. There never really has been another God, and there never will be another God except the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We are the light of the world. This shows that the world is living in darkness. We glow so that everyone will see the truth. The LORD does not want us to hide our light under anything that the world presents us with. This could be anything from not living to the fullest capacity of your calling, keeping quiet when instructed by the LORD to speak on something, or being lead by the Holy Spirit to speak to someone, to fear, to secrecy, or anything else stopping you from expressing the gospel to a lost soul, or living out your calling to it's fullest potential. Instead, He wants us to show the world what He has given us. He wants us to treat others the way He would treat them so that they will know that He lives in us. So they will know, and give Him praise for all we do.
At dinner with Matthew the tax collector, The LORD sat with other tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees didn't understand why, and they were judgemental, or biased in their thoughts towards this. But the LORD does not make exception, or favor one over the other. He loves all the souls. He wants to reach out to everyone from everywhere. He wants the gospel to be preached to every background, culture, language, race. He wants to save the poor, blind, lame, disabled, drunkards, prostitutes, drug addicts, homosexuals, murderers, idolaters, adulterers, fornicators, etc.. He wants us servants to also be merciful to them all, just as He is merciful to us. He does not want our sacrifices. He wants us to live a sound life in submission to the Holy Spirit. And He wants to reach out to all the souls that do not know Him, not the ones who already do. He wants to touch the lives of those who maybe believe perhaps, but, lack the confidence or willpower to take the first steps, receive His free love gift, or get to a Church/place of worship, or to a place where they can grow and learn more of Him. That is who we also need to focus on.
What Jesus is saying is that if we are ashamed to speak the truth about the evangelism that He taught the disciples, and deny that we follow Him, He will deny us before the Father in heaven, and we will not be saved. We should not be ashamed of the gospel. We should speak it boldly before anyone.
What He wants us is to be fishers of men. He wants us to find souls who are also destined to lead in discipleship for His kingdom and glory. He wants us to spread His truth. He also wants us to teach them to obey His commands. Obedience is the key to remaining saved. If we obey Him and do not continue to practice sin, we will be saved. And He wants us to be sure that we know that He is with us every step of the way.
He let his disciples know that when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, that they would receive a special power to speak the gospel and tell about Him everywhere they went. All over the world. He was giving them assurance that He would be with them, and that they didn't need to be afraid to speak the truth that their reward is in His kingdom in heaven.
This is the study on evangelism. I hope it is as useful to you the reader, as it has been to us. Please keep your faith and continue to pray for strength and wisdom in these last days on earth. The LORD BE WITH YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS.. Amen!
..taking back the souls..one member at a time..