Updated: Aug 2, 2018
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19
To be effective in bringing someone to Christ, we must keep at the forefront of our minds to be intentional, full of God's love and living a lifestyle of worship to God. Just as God was very intentional in initiating His relationship with us; He is also intentional and purposeful in using us to initiate His relationship with others. We should be moved by His purpose and His love for humanity and not our own. Furthermore, our lifestyle should reflect our belief that He is God.
In fact, if we are going to be effective in our witness, we have to make sure we keep our purpose present in mind every where God places us. Are we intentional when we “go” to work? Are we intentional in our purpose when we “go” home to our families? How about when we “go” to the store, or when we're driving or "go" to school? In every place we go (especially within our circle of influence), we should have an intentional mindset of making disciples (Matt 28:19).
The Power of God's Love
In addition to that, God is the initiator. Therefore, God’s love should always be our primary motivator. Not our love for others, but the love God has for others. Not our perception of love, but His Love working through us. Sometimes, we forget that though we are passionate about winning others to Christ, it has no comparison to the love and passion of Christ. It was no other love, but the love of Christ that compelled us. Many believers get weary in their witness because they are motivated for the wrong reasons or for their own conveniences. What often happens is the moment they are inconvenienced, they're unwilling to be used. Being driven by our selfishness, frustration, status, pride or self-righteousness dismisses God’s power. In fact, any motive outside of God’s love working in us, is outside or devoid of God’s power or anointing (1 Cor. 13: 1-3). God is Love (1 John 4:16). Just as He gives us His breath to live, breathe, and worship Him; It has to be His Love working through us to express love to Him, ourselves, and others. Without love, true love, God's Love; our witness is without power and perverted.
For instance, this week (and every week), I've been blessed to be ministered to by a powerful worship leader. Her ministry literally demands the presence of God. This woman opens her mouth and God shows himself. More times than I can count, I have received everything I needed to hear by God directly in worship lead by her. For over 14 years, I have yet to see her ministry fall to the ground. What makes her so powerful to me is that her ministry is so transparently intimate. It flows straight from her heart to God. Not to the people, to God. Her ministry has nothing to do with us who benefit, and everything to do with us at the same time. The power in her ministry flows out of her intimate relationship with God. Her love for God is a motivation behind her ministry. Just as Jesus principally said to Peter, “if you love me, feed my lambs” (John 21:15-17). Her love for God connects to her ability to love and minister to who He loves and wants to reveal Himself to. Her ministry illustrates a great example of how we are to be in our everyday lives. As we all should be leading somebody to worship God, essentially, we are worship leaders as well.
The Lifestyle of an Effective Witness is a Lifestyle of Worship
As a rule, a lifestyle manifests the truth in belief. In other words, your lifestyle will provide evidence of who or what you worship. So, an observer will know who you worship through your behavior. An effective witness consistently has worship on their mind, in their heart, and behavior. As Christians, our worship is the undivided expression of love and obedience or submission to Christ. Undivided means exclusive, meaning there can only be one (Ex.20:3). Above all else, God has to be “God”. We have to have Him crowned in this position in our hearts, our minds, and our behavior ( Luke 10:27, Deut. 6:5) . In the lifestyle of an effective witness, love and obedience are like identical twins (John 14:15 John 15:10, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 John 1:6). They have the same DNA . When you look at the love twin, you see obedience. When you look at the obedience twin, it should look like love. They could really be Siamese twins because one is never really absent from the other. They are interchangeable. Obedience requires love and love requires obedience. This is why worship should always exceed a moment of expression at church. Not that church worship is bad, it's beautiful and is pleasing to God when sincere (John 4:24). However, that expression should proceed from a lifestyle of worship. We can only lead someone to worship through our lifestyle of worship. Remember, nobody outside the church doors can be inspired by worship they can't see. Furthermore, no one inside the church doors including GOD will be inspired by worship your heart and lifestyle contradicts. Bottom line: If we don’t obey God, we cannot reflect God (1 John 5:2). Finally, if we truly love God and are motivated by His Love working in us, we will be an effective witness.
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him. 2 This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands.3 For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 4 because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. 5 And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:1-5 HCSB
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us. 13 This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as the world’s Savior. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. 16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
1 John 4:7-16 HCSB