It’s for Christians to persevere in faithfulness. With the free flow of information which captures our minds we must not be swayed by the enticements of the world. Instead, we ought to insist on learning the truth and communicating it to others. Nor, must we allow authentic evangelism to take a back seat in our lives. Take the initiate of stepping up to the plate as spiritual leaders and motivators who lift people up. This calls for being people-oriented, embracing scriptural guidelines, and treating others as adults. It’s necessary to have one’s finger on the pulse of a group we wish to persuade, in doing what’s right for Christ. John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848), statesman, who served as President of the United States, stated, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Such leaders are prominent in organizations and are the ones who we recognize as guiding their flocks.
Being Set Free
People seeking freedom promote joys found in their hearts. Our greatest evangelist is Jesus Christ. He’s our Evangelist-in-Chief, who we imitate when campaigning against spiritual worldliness that entraps our modern culture. In doing his will, we become “fishers of men” and delight in the apostolic exhortation that keeps us moving forward to glory. This is living on a higher plane. We rally others persuading them to follow of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Inevitably, we have to be careful not to be enticed by worldly manipulations which seek to torpedo our efforts. Virgil (70 – 19 BC), ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period, exhorted, “Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.” Christians have been warned to prepare themselves to face setbacks. Life isn’t going to be necessarily easy, but we must persevere.
Louis Farrakhan (b. 1933), leader of the Nation of Islam, says, “We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God and for the liberation struggle of our people.” It’s uncertain what Farrakhan really means by “our people,” but it can be all ordinary and unassuming people in every faith tradition. This is how we can free ourselves from the pulls and tugs of earthly desires, by discovering, and using our gifts the right way. Such actions can be surely liberating to citizens of the world.
The Joy of Freshness
Buddha (563/480 – 483/400 BC), founder of Buddhism in northeastern India, explained, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Spreading joy takes pure hearts to discover true liberty. We’ll surely find comfort in evangelizing. Simplicity becomes news and we’ll be masters at PR. Encountering our beating hearts, churches will be able to determine the will of God, the spirit of collegiality, and holding Christ as their head. These concepts transform, generate, and inflame the gifts of believers.
The Joy of the Resurrection
Christians will have no hope if it were not for the resurrection of Christ. Christ’s after-life is self-generating and presents us with pictures of his divinity. While journeying through life do so in faith. Our walk becomes expressions of pure joy, for we’re blessed with grateful remembrances, of how great our Lord Jesus Christ really is. He has blessed us with the highest ethical standards of leadership and legitimate power. These blessings we ought to embrace with humble hearts, because it’s only through these gifts we can motivate others. Martin Luther (1483 – 1546), German friar, priest, and professor of theology, observed, “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” In every way, our future is inextricably link to the resurrection found in God’s creation.