NINE SECRETS OF AN IMPACTFUL WITNESS
I believe that at some level, we all have been learning about impactful witness. After realizing that Christians are designated heirs through grace, and even after receiving Jesus as Lord and savior, sin never stop badgering a believer. That is the same reason why we also should never stop pestering God to forgive our faults. However, does this mean we stop doing or trying our best to stay righteous?
According to the word, we are constantly required to read the Bible in order to get to learn or study what His will entails.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4) (NIV)
That is one of the key ways in which a Christian gets to stay alert, knowing what is wrong and gaining hope for what is right. So, back to being impactful witnesses, how can we (believers) be without the knowledge of God’s word?
The Bible is clear in Hosea 4:6 that we perish for lack of knowledge, that’s more like ignorance.
With that in mind, to be refined, we must get an education by making an effort to go to school or homeschool ourselves; read, study and be willing to be enlightened about new gens. The same must be done with the word of God. You see, Paul became a great man of God, but, remember, before that, he was a persecutor of the followers of God. I doubt that he knew the word of God thence, but even if he knew, did he understand it? Well, if he did, I’m sure he never followed it and he never paid any attention, at least until, God struck him with His awestruck light leaving him sightless for three days, according Acts 9:9.
But after that revelation, Paul became obsessed with the word, and probably studied it day and night, as if he was right by Jesus before He ascended to heaven. Paul’s writing of the epistle books is a school of experience. And that’s exactly what we can become when we pay more attention to God’s word, when we open our hearts and minds to understand and abide in in it. Which is precisely what a Christian needs in order to impact the world like Apostle Paul did, and like he still does through his writing. Remember, Paul is just one amongst the many men of God who still stand as boundless witnesses of all time. Have you ever wondered what their secrets to spiritual success were?
Well, Jesus throws in some clue throughout the Bible on how to become what he appointed each one of us to be. One of the ways, was through the Beatitudes – a historical staging done by Jesus, dubbed “Sermon on the Mountain”, as captured in the fifth chapter of Mathew
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Are you persuaded?
Well, become an impactful witness today!
Weeks ago, Rev. Karita shared a message relating to the beatitudes. Please click the link below to listen to that reading.