1. Being an effective Witness first means we must Confess Jesus! Confession refers to Acknowledgement and Covenant. We aren’t just talking about Jesus in passing or by nonchalant mention of His Great name but to make it known that Jesus is a part of our lives. It is demonstration and expression of him in conversation and in action.
I remember when I used to smoke and cuss but when my father came in the room people saw a different, better behaved me because my dad was present. So it is when Jesus is present in the heart and mind of a believer and not Jesus at certain times but at all times. We must acknowledge and present ourselves as His, as followers, as believers, as people who have been touched and changed by the grace of God.
Jesus is teaching the disciples in Matthew 10 to “confess me before men” meaning in front of them, openly and without shame! In other words…stand up for me and my name. We can not be intimidated by people who do not believe and refuse to follow Christ.
God promises in turn that he will confess us before His Father. We would stand before God and Jesus will vouch for us.
To be a witness you will have to confess Christ in front of the masses and never bow to someone else’s ideals about faith or the lack of faith. You must have an objective view of your faith meaning you can’t even be spinned around by the opinions of others or your own opinion or feelings at times but stand wholly on the truth of God’s Word.
2. Your commitment to Christ must be greater than your commitment to the people you love.
One of the greatest tests of faith will be your willingness to follow Jesus even if it means being alone. How much more do you desire to do God’s will than your desire to be in relationship with people?
A commitment to Jesus requires you to let go of reputation, popularity and comfortability. It requires you to embrace discipline, rejection and sacrifice .
-The ministry of Jesus began with 40 days of Jesus bringing his flesh into discipline.
– The ministry of Jesus endure Rejection of Jesus teaching and his claim to be the Son of God
-The ministry of Jesus and all that he did would have meant nothing had he not been willing to give up his life and his life become the atonement for our sins.
Jesus said if you’re not ready to love me more than you love them or love me more than you love it then you are not worthy of me.
3. Giving up who we think we should be for the sake of Jesus being the glory in our life is the way that we gain our life.
It is a difficult task but one that takes a made up mind to put our own image or ourselves away and seek after who God has called us to be. The life of Jesus is a clear demonstration that our purpose can not be fulfilled without self-sacrifice. In all that we do, we must do it to the Glory of God and for no other reason.
Are you a Witness?
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Aquila T Carmon