“‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I am God.’” Isaiah 43:10-12
When our souls are awakened, made alive in the Spirit through the sacrifice of Christ, it is more than just evidence of our being chosen by God to be saved from sin and eternal death. It means that we are chosen as witnesses and servants of the Lord Most High. He personally, specifically chose each of us to be salt and light in this world; to live out the gospel in our actions, conversations, and relationships; to go forth in the power and boldness of His Spirit, declaring His truth in love and grace.
I read a blog post by Beth Moore a few days ago. She was writing on how often we compare ourselves to others. We see their service to God, their evident love of God, and we wish we looked more like them. Then she focused in on the truth that the person we need to be is ourselves—whatever you look like when you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. It was such an encouragement to be reminded that God is to be our focus, not other people. We can learn from and grow with those around us, strengthening each other, but Christ is the One to whom we should look. As we come to know God more and love Him with all that we are, becoming more sensitive to His Spirit and surrendering to His work in us, that love will show itself in us in exactly the way He purposes.
I love how this passage in Isaiah shows that first God chose us to know and believe Him and understand who He is. That He is the only God, and there is no other. That besides Him there is no savior—salvation in no other name but Jesus. Before we go out proclaiming His name, He wants us to know Him personally. To know and believe and understand in our hearts and minds who this God is we are to proclaim. We aren’t called to tell others about a God, a Savior, who we don’t really know or entirely believe. We are simply to share as we have opportunity the hope we have found in Christ and who we know Him to be. How He has changed our lives. How we experience His grace no matter how many times we fall.
God declares Himself to us. He reveals His reality and character to our hearts. He saves us and proclaims His truth. We are His witnesses, chosen because He knows how He can be glorified in us, in our story, in our lives as we love Him unreservedly. And He is God. The all-powerful, all-knowing Creator. The One with all authority. The One who watches over and keeps us. The One who strengthens us. The One with whom all things are possible. He is God, and we can know Him.