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A True Witness

A true Christian witness demonstrates their faith through obedience, purity, bravery, and storytelling, essential for spreading the Gospel.

A true witness is someone who not only believes in the truth but also actively demonstrates and proves it through their actions. In the context of Christianity, this means more than simply attending church or identifying as a Christian. Remarkably, only one in ten Christians can be considered true witnesses, while the rest are merely spectators. This distinction is crucial, as highlighted in John 14:15, where Jesus says, If you love me, show me by doing what I’ve told you.” This passage underscores the importance of obedience and action in faith. Without obedience to Christ’s teachings, one cannot be an effective instrument for His work.

A true witness has a compelling story to tell, much like the Samaritan woman in John 4:39, who, after encountering Jesus, testified about Him, leading many others to believe. Moreover, a true witness maintains purity and refuses to be contaminated by worldly influences, similar to Daniel, who resolved not to defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). This commitment to purity and faithfulness is essential for being a credible and effective witness.

Bravery is another hallmark of a true witness. Esther’s courage in Esther 4:16, where she resolves to approach the king despite the risk to her life, exemplifies the boldness required to stand for one’s faith. Furthermore, the need for true witnesses is great, as reflected in Matthew 9:36 – 37, where Jesus observes the crowds and notes that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” This metaphor illustrates the vast potential for evangelism and the dire need for committed and active witnesses to fulfill this mission.

In essence, a true witness is characterized by obedience, storytelling, purity, bravery, and a recognition of their essential role in spreading the faith. Without these qualities, the message of Christianity cannot be effectively communicated, and the transformative power of the Gospel may remain untapped in the lives of many.

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