Wednesday, September 21, 2016

the sanctity of our testimony

Your Christian testimony...
Your belief displayed...
Your living witness acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life.
How important is your testimony?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. You see, many of us would do anything to protect our possessions, our careers, our interests, our loved ones, even our own reputations. But how many of us really, REALLY make an effort to protect the sanctity of our Christian testimony?

Sure, we can strike a good pose in church. We can talk a good game in our small groups. We can claim that Jesus is our One and only. But the statistics don't lie, do they? For many Christians are still divorcing their spouses. Many Christians are wasting precious hours feeding fleshly lusts and admiring their televisions, their computers, and their what-not's in idolatry. Many Christians are lying to get ahead, laughing inappropriately to feel included, and frivolously spending their resources toward unholy, unhealthy endeavors.

Sadly, many who are claiming to be children of the Most High know very little about the Lord. And rather than uplift His Way, they have become center stage contributors to a generation that is numb to practicing holiness. As such, our Christian witness is in contempt. Our loyalties display treason. Our active testimony is in disarray and considered void when measured against God's unchanging and perfect Word.

Really, how important is your testimony?

A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. (Proverbs 12:17)

Friends, God created you and me to glorify and exalt His Name. That's it. That's why we are here. To love the Lord with all our heart! To lift Him up and love others as He instructs. Our purpose is to be living witnesses of His love, His grace, and His promise to all mankind. We cannot do this when we smear ourselves in selfishness. We cannot point others to Jesus when we are focused on our own opinions and well-being. Jesus tells us to hand over such concerns to Him and then trust that He will take care of us. He does not want us distracted with the fairness of life or the desires of our heart. No, He already knows us better than we know ourselves. He has plans to grant us every blessing and give us a full life in His grace. But to receive this, we must joyfully live as He has created us to do. We must become valid witnesses to His Name - living models who support His truth. We must do all we can to know and be like Jesus always!

Christian, how precious and valuable is your testimony?
 How monumentally important is the proof that Jesus has saved you and is actively restoring your life into His holy Way?
Is Jesus the only King in all areas of your life?
Or do you still have other gods distracting you away from the Shepherd?
For God alone is MOST important!
He is why you are alive today - this very second.
Let us stop living for ourselves and claim the name of Jesus Christ this very hour.
Let us stand in agreement with His Word.
Let is live as He instructs and allow Him to change us into valid, productive, most-favored witnesses who boldly hold up His Holy Name!

Today, if you do not consider your testimony to be vitally important... if you have abused your time alive and find that you are still pursuing things different than what the Lord has decreed, then perhaps it is time to repent and turn back to the path of the King of kings. For such a time is this to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, strength - at all times, in all moments, in every single breath. He is our story. He is our song. So, let's praise our Savior, dear Christian... Praise Him all the day long!

Blessings!

~Victoria

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