It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. Philippians 1:15 NLT
Danelle meeting her distant relative, Tom Cahill, (his mother was an O’Toole) in Ireland. We shared Christ with many while we were there celebrating our 40th anniversary! Pray especially for Karolina, a young mother, to come to know the Lord Jesus, She read 100 pages of my book in one night!
When we live for Jesus Christ and others, instead of ourselves, unbelievers will see Him alive in us! “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”
It’s easier to communicate a message than it is to communicate by our actions isn’t it? Paul reminded the Thessalonians who he was, “you know what kind of men we proved to be among you.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5. And Jesus told His disciples they would BE witnesses, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
Ultimately, we trust God to use us to develop men and women of character - witnesses of the life- transforming power of Christ in them. Your message should flow from His life in you. It must! Unbelievers want to see the love of Christ for them. They want to see specifically how your life has changed.
I am not saying that a new Christian must reach maturity before they can share Christ. The message is always greater than the messenger. I am saying that the more God transforms your character, the more evidence the lost person will see that He is alive. Heed Paul’s admonition to Timothy, “Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching.” Then you will be an effective evangelist!
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