What it takes to be witnesses for Christ

BY FREDRICK MUKHWANA

 I have seen car stickers proclaiming: “I am a Christian” “I am a witness for Christ,” but the conduct of the drivers does not reflect these proclamations.

So I ask, what does it take to be a true witnesses for Christ? During the community hour on May 26, 2016, Dr Alfred Olwa reminded us that we exist as a church to do, among other things: worship God in truth and spirit and reach out to non-believers.

We were reminded of our theme this semester that “our encounter with Jesus Christ enables us to transform nations”.

It is a fact that without an encounter with God, one cannot be an instrument to transform nations.

The Lord tells us in John 15:5: “I am the Vine and you are branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit: apart from me you can do nothing”.

Are we like billboards with our clothes and cars covered with cutesy sayings, pictures and slogans advertising His worth and yet our lives are lived in contrast? Must the churches compete with each other to see who can have the most “clever” comments on the signs and yet have no valuable content on the inside? 

The Lord says in Acts 1:8: “Ye shall be witnesses unto me.” This is a statement of certainty, in no way dependent upon man’s devices. That is precisely why all believers are exhorted to be filled with the Spirit (Eph.5:18).

God makes ordinary people to do extraordinary things. And all who come in contact with that tremendous power will be affected to the degree God intends. The degree to which we yield our lives to the Holy Spirit is the degree to which He exerts His supernatural influence upon others through us.

To witness for Jesus Christ involves talking to others about Him, but be careful not to get the cart before the horse. Telling fish about fish bait is absurd, because they must see it before they eat it.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds, and recognise and honour and praise and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Pope Francis once wondered why we sleep in church but stay awake in bars until sunrise!

Why it is so hard to talk to God but so easy to chat? Why it is so easy to ignore a Godly text message but re-send the nasty ones?

And only God knows how many people have been repelled by the hypocrisy of professed believers, especially those who wear T-shirts or have car stickers with Christian messages, having identity cards that they are part of UCU, advertising our loyalty to Christ and then fail to be consistent with what we profess.

Christians are living under the microscope and we should do our best to live up to the high standards because we are still sinful humans. 

Therefore, we must be connected to the source, Jesus Christ. If you are born again and received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to ask Him for forgiveness and renewal.

If you have never placed your trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour but have come to sense His reality and the approaching End of the Age, please confess Him, go to the chaplaincy for assistance on how you can grow in the Lord.

The writer is the head of department, Child Development and Children’s Ministry Chairman of Institute of Faith, Learning, and Service Committee at Uganda Christian University (UCU)

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