John 17:20 –“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their testimony”
We believe that we are blessed when we see our bank accounts in the black and we wear designer clothes and drive luxury cars. In our carnal minds these things are a testimony to the goodness of God. Many of us never seem to realize that these are the easiest of things for God to do. Maybe it is because we are not used to having much and we therefore covet little trinkets like luxury cars, designer labels, a nice shelter over our heads and fancy food. The fact is that many of us when we are called to testify will speak on these things; and it is good to thank and acknowledge God for all of His blessings towards us. After all we like nice things.
I write this in hopes that we will see something beyond a material blessing. When I talk about my new car or wonderful things that God blessed me to have, it could very well cause a brother or sister who is financially struggling to wonder if they are lacking in faith or to question some other area of spiritual growth. This is something we should think about seriously, because God may have allowed someone else to walk through a storm to benefit their growth. Maybe just maybe our testimony should be about how we have been snatched from the fire.
The Bible says this about testimony:
Revelation 12:11 -“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”
Revelation 20:3 -“Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
Revelation 6:9 -“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained”
There is no case in which the Bible speaks of earthy riches and prosperity being the greatest testimony to the Goodness of our God.
Even as Solomon asked only for Wisdom which is of greater value than anything he could physically possess. God gave Him wealth almost like a pleasant side dish.
Our greatest teaching and testimony should always be the Cross. There is nothing of greater value. If I testify to the power of the Cross then I share with others how I have become a child of God and how He works through me, by the power of the Holy Spirit who is the Advocate and Comforter. I share how by the Lord’s stripes I am healed, my heart is changed, I am redeemed and I am renewed. The Cross is my testimony of how the Lord gives me a Love that I do not deserve, how He paid a price with His own life… a debt that I owed with my very life. The Cross exemplifies that He forgave the unforgivable in me with Grace and Mercy.
The Cross causes me to see everything else as that which comes along with seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Jesus said, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and you’ll receive these little things that you are so worried about as an extra added bonus that comes along with seeking Him. (Well pretty much that’s what He said). Instead many of us seek first and love to testify most about material blessings and physical possessions and if we do this we must ask ourselves where does His kingdom and His righteousness fall in… it can’t be added to us since it must be sought first. Matthew 6:33
TESTIMONY DEFINED – A testimony is an account of one’s personal spiritual experience, which is often shared either one on one with another person or in the context of a “testimony meeting” or revival. Many times testimonies explain a radical change in behavior or shift in attitude in a person’s life.
I tend to fall on the side of Paul even in my own imperfections:
1 Corinthians 2:2 ~For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
Galatians 6:14 ~But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.