The Epaphras Effect is an influencing power that enhances our witness and leadership. It is the impact of spiritual change agents; people who add moral value and produce good wherever they go. The concept is derived from a little-known contemporary of the apostle Paul, Epaphras.

To the extent we prioritize the work of God, do it unselfishly, and seek no credit, we will see and experience the Epaphras Effect. Popularity, power, possessions, and position will not be our driving motive. Instead, our all-consuming goal is being in the center of God’s will, doing His work, and serving people. The Epaphras Effect is high on service, low on self, and bears spiritual fruit.

Here’s Ellen White’s description of the Epaphras Effect in action: “Character is power. The silent witness of a true, unselfish, godly life carries an almost irresistible influence. By ... »
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