Did you know without saying a word that by living a Godly life, you witness to other people? It is true. God calls all Christians to be witnesses. By setting the proper example and living Godly lives we are being obedient. Now it must not stop there, as we are not called to be silent witnesses.
The Deceiver has convinced many of us that as long as we are active in church and ‘doing our part,’ we can go about our business and live good lives. Why do you think that is? What happens inside the walls of the church in most cases is not too much of a threat to him. The Worship service, Sunday School classes, Praise and Worship music and all of our programs do not bother him too much. Now he gets downright nasty if you are able to get God’s people motivated enough to go out and knock on the doors of lost people telling them how they can get to Heaven! The deceiver has many methods but it all basically boils down to two things he is trying to do. First he is trying to keep lost people from finding the way to Heaven. Once someone has been saved then his job is to try and keep that person from telling others.
The dictionary defines testify as, “to make a declaration of truth or fact, to make a serious statement in support of a position or fact, to declare or state publicly, to provide evidence for.” Let us take for example a man who has witnessed a murder. He knows the truth because he was there. An innocent man is sitting in jail for a crime that he did not commit. Come time for the trial, the witness is put on the stand to testify. The man is afraid and chooses not to speak. What then becomes of the innocent man in jail? He is possibly sentenced to death row or life in prison. How much different is this situation than a Christian's life? As Christians we know the truth, but if we chose not to testify then people may face eternal death.
Testifying and witnessing go hand in hand. Everyone has heard the true statement that our lives must match our lips. Certain people are brought to Jesus by the lives we lead or our example. There is also a group out there however that we must testify to in order to reach them. God of course has both groups of people covered since we are called to do both!
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Great article. And it's always such a balance. When we witness verbally, doing it in season and out of season. When we witness by our lives, not being hypocritical or too unreal, seeking to show others we are like them but not like them in other respects. A touch road. Good article.
Great message Todd!