“Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:”
Paul made an impact on people, not because of what he said, but because of what he did. Too many believers are more interested in what they say more than they are in what they do. In verses 19-21, six words define Paul’s actions that caused him to make an impact on so many lives. If you are going to make an impact for Christ on others, these six words must describe your actions. Let me share these six words with you.
The first word that will help you to make an impact is attitude. Paul had a servant’s attitude. He understood Who he served and who he served. I know this statement sounds redundant, but let me explain it. He understood that he was a servant of the LORD, but he also understood that he was to serve others. He was the LORD’s servant so that he could serve others. You will only make an impact on people when you realize that you serve the LORD so that you can serve others. It is the servant’s mindset the begins the process of making an impact on others.
The second word that will help you to make an impact is humility. Paul never thought he was better than others because of his position. You are going to have to be interested in people and be willing to be inconvenienced to help them if you are going to make an impact. It takes a humble individual who doesn’t think of themselves better than others who can help bring people out of their situations to living a holy life and serving the LORD.
The third word that will help you to make an impact is tears. Paul shed many tears throughout his ministry, and those tears came through in his passion and care for others. Zeal is hurtful if it is not bathed in tears. A genuine concern for others causes tears to well up in the eyes when you see those you love are hurting. Your zeal will make an impact when tears of concern flow from your eyes in the privacy of prayer and in the act of helping people.
The fourth word that will help you to make an impact is avoidance. Paul still had to overcome temptation, just like you must overcome temptation. People don’t expect you to be perfect, but they do expect you to grow and avoid the temptations that have destroyed so many believers.
The fifth word that will help you to make an impact is energy. Paul didn’t keep back anything when he served the LORD and helped others. You will never make an impact when you serve the LORD in cruise control. There must be an energy in your service to others that you will do whatever it takes to be sure people can grow in the LORD. The level of energy you expend in serving the LORD should never be exceeded in any other area of your life if you want to make an impact on others.
The sixth word that will help you to make an impact is boldness. Paul was bold in his witness for Christ. It didn’t matter who he talked to or where he was, he always testified of the need for people to get saved. Always remember that it is the power of the Gospel that changes lives. If you will be bold in your witness, the power of the Gospel will change lives. It is never about how good of a witness you are that saves people, but it is the power of the Gospel that saves them. The Gospel will do its work if you will be a bold witness.