If we await the big moment to give our witness, if we think that we can only proclaim our God and his love for us in such rare circumstances, we will stifle both God's life in us and the mission that He gives us. We, today, are called to witness constantly and quietly to those around us, even to other believers.
There are various levels of such witness. The fundamental one is to be filled only with love and the life that flows from our loving. In a positive sense that means acting like Boy Scouts (being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, courageous, clean, and reverent), and in a more negative way we must do no self-seeking (e.g., no criticism of others that is needless or is only to make us look good personally, no service or volunteering only out of a sense of duty, a desire to feel good, or a need to round out our resumé).
A more active witnessing is involved in actually speaking of God, something that we are reticent to do in our society. I personally find that many people talk of God only to underline their own godliness; this is using God rather than a letting oneself be a channel for God's presence in all humility and gentleness. Whatever happened to saying "I will pray for you" or speaking of our personal experience of God?
But what I find it is most important to say in this context is that in order to witness to God, to be His presence in the world, it is absolutely essential for us to actively move out of the way of the Spirit, to intentionally and constantly empty ourselves of all that is merely us in order to let the words of the Spirit that Jesus talks about in this passage sound in our lives and in our mouths without being tainted by our own limited and sinful selves.
That slow, constant, and difficult emptying is our true martyrdom, the true witnessing that the wealth that we bear, the very living presence of our God, is only a gift that He in his love confers on the clumsy and fragile earthen vessels that we are.
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