Character plays a critical role in our witnessing for Christ. Everything we profess hinge on this one key component which shapes who we truly are. As much as speaking is important, even much more is our character because it speaks louder than words. Listen to this quote “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.” Dwight L. Moody. In other words, your character is an important component which should be guarded, quite frankly with everything you’ve got. This is so important. Now, let me remind you, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” Read Philippians 2:13 (NLT).
“Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.” Eleanor Roosevelt. Wow! I think she is saying, our worth is etched in our character, and not in material possession, Selah. A person of character does not mean flawless, it means leaning on God every step of the way even when you fall. A very good Biblical text to further deepen our understanding is found in Acts 6:3 (AMP) “Therefore, brothers, choose from among you seven men with good reputations [men of godly character and moral integrity], full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.
Philip was amongst the seven chosen because of certain traits he exhibited. Therefore, as witnesses of Christ, we are to demonstrate the following:
- Good reputation –
- Acts 8:6 (GNT). “The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. The Bible says Daniel was of high esteem, and that attracted people to Daniels God; the king could not ignore Daniel.
- Full of the Spirit – He had the capacity to hear and do what God commands, hence,
- Acts 8:26-27 (TLB). But as for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go over to the road that runs from Jerusalem through the Gaza Desert, arriving around noon.” 27 So he did…”
- Wisdom –
- Acts 8:29-30 (TLB). The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the chariot.” Philip ran over and heard what he was reading and asked, “Do you understand it?” Philip was skilful in his approach to the Eunuch. He did not just run his mouth, he allowed the Eunuch to speak, whilst he was listening, that way he was able to respond correctly to the questions raised by the Eunuch. And I believe the same principle applies to us in witnessing for Christ.
Your testimony of Christ will forever remain a powerful transformative story and the world can’t ignore our testimony for much longer. I say this with boldness and humility, the world should start taking note of God’s people, because “Our light is shining brighter and brighter…”
Lord Jesus, thank You, I give You glory and praise. Your name is worthy to be praised, and I lift up my hands in victory and triumph over all in the Name of Jesus. Extra extra, read all about it…
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