Mansa’s lips were quivering and she felt the heat from her phone pressed in her palms. She had the scripture open on the phone, and the urge to speak out was stronger now than ever. But this was a “trotro” and she had most often had issues with how some of these “trotro” preachers went about sharing their “gospel”. So she resorted to giving herself all sorts of excuses, trying to convince herself that these people had already heard so much and wouldn’t want to be disturbed by her “English laden speech”. But truth triumphed over fear and she decided that she would speak, whether someone needed the message or not. After all, the Holy Spirit wouldn’t prompt her if no one needed the message. Now she opened her mouth to speak, but no words were flowing, the hallelujah was in her head but didn’t seem to be coming out through her mouth. She kept at it until she heard her voice boom through the whole vehicle and started speaking immediately what the Spirit had laid on her heart. She was shaking but kept speaking, and strangely enough, the people were quiet and very attentive to what she had to say. She finished speaking and went back to looking at her phone, thanking God softly under her breath for speaking and ministering through her.
Mansa’s experience is one that most Christians these days experience. Everywhere we go, we’re prompted by the Holy Spirit to share a word with someone, to show them some love, to encourage them or even offer them a lift, but most of us are too scared of the aftermath of our actions that we entirely push away the voice of the Spirit as if it was the devil who was asking us to spread God’s word. However, you and I know very well that it wouldn’t be in the devil’s best interest for God’s love to be shared with others.
In Isaiah 43:10, God says, “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servants whom I have chosen..” and this same truth is reiterated in Acts 1:8 when Christ commanded and admonished His disciples such, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is not as much for signs and wonders as it is for witnessing. Christ didn’t give us the Holy Spirit and His anointing for the sakes of casting out demons and healing diseases. These are things that come up in our journey to witness of Christ. Meaning the witnessing comes before any other thing. The Holy Spirit endues us with power and the courage we need to spread forth God’s love and goodness and the truth about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Witnessing doesn’t mean mounting platforms, using microphones and speakers, neither does it mean attending bible school or being ordained as the arch bishop or pope in the whole world. All this might be necessary to some before “they think” they can be able to witness, but my bible makes me understand that once you have the Holy Spirit, you have all the prerequisites for witnessing about Christ. A witness according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is “one who has personal knowledge of something”, which then shows us what our work is right? Everyone who has accepted Christ has had a personal testimony or experience that is worth sharing with others. It could be about that time as a student when you were sick during an exam and couldn’t recall anything, but managed to write and had excellent marks or of how you used to be bitter and angry because you were once abused but because of Christ, you’re now free of all the bitterness and anger and able to even love those who hurt you. You see, these are the things that will show people what we know about Christ and what experience we’ve had with Him. Yours isn’t to force someone to accept Christ at all costs, the conviction part belongs to the Holy Spirit, allow Him to do His work and focus on yours.
Be always ready to pitch Christ to those you meet. Selling a product isn’t always about knowing all that went into making the product, most often what makes it sell is the testimony you give about that particular product to others. Christ wants you to always tell people about Him. You can decide to follow your calling of being a witness to and of Christ, making your everyday living about Christ: appreciating and applying the word of God to your everyday living. You’ll realize then, that you don’t necessarily need an opportunity to witness of Christ to someone. Because your everyday life, would be witnessing to others that you are indeed with and of Christ.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you
Romans 12:1-2 (The Message Bible)
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