Testimonies

Testimonies are mostly good.  I say ‘mostly’ as there are some testimonies that are not all that helpful.  But, for the most part we can say that Christian testimonies are a good thing.

But, the strength and effectiveness of a testimony can be extracted from the condition of those doing the testifying.  There are some people who are in such frequent trouble, that there testimony consists of mostly telling others not to fall into the same trap he/she did.

For example, would you rather hear a testimony from a drug addict who has fallen and recovered a half-dozen times, or from a person who never did drugs?  This is a complicated question.  No doubt the testimony from the first individual would have lots of interesting twists, turns, failure, redemptions, self-reflections, rescues, and be potentially more riveting than the other fellow’s testimony.  After all, who could tell us more about drugs and the dangers it poses than someone who has been in prison for drugs a half-dozen times?

But, I think we may be missing the boat.  We somehow short-change those individuals who have not wandered down the forbidden path, who have kept themselves clean, who have resisted the temptation, and have given more attention and more credence to the ones who have been rescued from death’s door.

I suppose this is natural, but just because it is natural doesn’t always make it right. Sometimes we have reassess things, and look beyond the surface to see what is really there, and worth seeing.

For example, my mother-in-law was a sweet woman.  Tough, and tough-minded, but very sweet.  She made no speeches, she made no runs for elected office, she was not considered by the community to be an important person.  She loved God, loved her family, her grandchildren, and did everything possible to make life for them better than she had.

So, by all rights, she was a ‘non-person’.  A person of low importance.  A person of insignificance.  But, this assessment is flawed because it is using what we deem as important, and then putting her on the scale and seeing if she weighs out right.  But, we are using the world’s standard, such as wealth, fame, artistic skill, accomplish great things, built buildings, bridges, donated 10 million dollars to a hospital, and other important civic matters.  Instead we should have been weighing her life against Loving God, Follow His instructions, loving others, giving to others, helping others, forgiving others, teaching others, telling them about God, leading others to Christ.  When we weigh her life against those things she comes up as a top winner every time.

It’s time we weigh people not based on their looks, charm, dress, speaking ability, wealth, fame, position, or accomplishments, but on their character and ability to do what God directs them to do.  Their ability to love, and to forgive, and to give second chances.  Their ability to give without hope of return, their ability to help without hope of return, their ability to stand up for what is right, especially as it affects someone else, should be highly regarded.

We need to remember that in God’s army there are no big I’s and little U’s.  We are all working from the same basic standpoint, and while our abilities and talents and opportunities are different, Got does not judge us for what we do not have, but on what we do have.  He does not judge on us on what we cannot do, but on what we can do.

The size of the job is not important.  It may be small, it may be insignificant, but it is still important.  God will be the final arbiter.  He will decide who wins and who fails.  Who is rewarded, and who is not.

Until that time you need to keep doing those things God has instructed you to do.

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One Response to “Testimonies”

  1. beamcguire@gmail.com Says:

    Great blog and so important! When I come to the end I hope it can be said of me that I was someone who represented Christ well. That’s my one desire! The great thing is to know that Christ sees the “little things” that go unnoticed by the majority of people. I’m glad He has a record! Blessings…

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