What is your testimony? What is my testimony? The experiences of your life, your successes, and failures, your pain, disappointments and all. The sum of all your experiences, has it in anyway served to advance the gospel? Have you even thought of the positive impact it would have? A pure reflection of an awesome God, full of love, mercy and compassion! Or has it only been a roller coaster of pity party?
Apostle Paul, having been imprisoned, gave a testimony in Philippians 1:12- 19 that what has happened to him has actually served to advance the gospel.13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
The events, the happenings in a life yielded to Christ Jesus must of necessity glorify God. Your life, my friend and I should reflect an aspect of Christ’s presence, like the burning bush Moses witnessed in Exodus 3:2-3.
I sure hope and pray that unbelievers and believers likewise are been encouraged by your life and mine. Or are they been discouraged? Do they really want to know the God we profess? Your character and mine, our way of life, is it worthy of emulation?
Friends, let us allow Christ to be exalted in our life. Be a good example of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, full of compassion, kind and gracious. Receive grace to live a life worthy of Christ’s calling on your life. Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!