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A passion for Christ bolsters your witness


During an interview of Phil Mickelson, the well-known golfer, he indicated he was involved in training teachers in math and science. He went on to say that training teachers is where you can make a difference.

Most elementary teachers are not even certified to teach in these areas and lack the knowledge and passion to teach other than following the textbook. Therefore, most lack the love and enthusiasm for the subject. He emphasized “passion” while instructing. A person attains passion through an in-depth understanding and belief in the area he is attempting to involve the other person.

As a teacher, I know exactly what he was saying. When a person is very knowledgeable and passionate about a subject, he transfers that passion to others. This passion is also evident in that he exhibits a belief in what he is saying. Consequently, to foster a Christian witness, the Christian must have the knowledge and passion when reaching others for Christ. People will see and feel that strong belief and it will have a strong impact.

Stephen Covey, a motivational speaker on the “Seven Habits of Effective People,” spoke with this passion. When he made presentations, there was a clear evidence of a passion and belief for his ideas. Many other leaders in the church today have the same influence. Billy Graham is also an example of someone who inspired others because he delivered a Christian message with passion. Stephen Covey and Billy Graham both reflect an authenticity because their life matched their rhetoric in a very positive way and reflected truth.

The Christian message a person has to give is more than the content of the Bible or other inspirational material. It is making that connection with that person through a real and sincere passion for the message.

Reading your Bible is only the beginning for making a difference in someone’s life. Let the spirit of God saturate your very being so that all your actions reflect the love of God. This will develop the passion for living a Christian testimony that will be evident to others.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

It is this love of God that other people can feel and see that makes them want to experience the same thing. There is a connection made in this process that makes Christianity real and attainable. The person will be open to the spirit of God because of your authentic witness. This passion to others results in a spiritual connection.

Therefore, the support you give to people in time of need will nurture and sustain a spiritual awakening in the hour of need. This is your most effective Christian witness. Look for every opportunity to be an inspiration and more importantly, to make a difference in another person’s life. God will use you to bring about a better understanding of God’s love through your actions.

William C. Jarvis is a local author. If you are interested in submitting a column (750 words or less), send it to Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email Please include your name, religious organization and a phone number where you can be reached. For more information, call 461-8304.