Grace and Peace to you.
They will arrest you and persecute you… because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
— Luke 21. 12-15
I don’t think Jesus is necessarily promising to channel persuasive arguments or convincing doctrines to us. I think he is inviting us to be aware of how God has loved us, and to testify to that grace by loving others, even our persecutors. The “wisdom” Jesus conveyed is not a proposition or belief. It’s a loving way of living. I don’t think Jesus envisions his followers spouting correct doctrine. I think he envisions us being true to the spirit of love. I think he envisions us being loving instead of being defensive.
In Luke’s gospel these sayings about the end times follow immediately after Jesus praises the poor widow for giving her two little coins to the temple. “She has put in more than all the others.” Maybe your testimony is whatever God has granted you to give, whatever is true of your life. You don’t need to learn some esoteric wisdom; you just need to be aware of your own life, and the truth and power in it, and convey that truth.
When you’re surrounded by cynicism and fear, bear witness to the power and presence of love in your life. That will contribute more than all the rest.
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes