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Lately I’ve had the opportunity to hear many testimonies and one concern has been vexing me in this regard. While every Christian knows that we are not to judge (Matthew 7:1), because only God can see what is in a person’s heart to judge motive and intent (1 Samuel 16:7b), I believe there is an area regarding personal testimony that should be more clearly explained.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great when people say they’ve asked God into their life, but there is the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,….the great I AM;…. then, there are a multitude of false “gods” who are myths, fairy tales and phonies. To whom do people refer when they they speak about God/god?......Buddah, Allah,…who?
I believe the one true God of Christianity is always “in” the life of every one of His creations to one degree or another. He speaks to even “unsaved” people through their conscience, which they themselves can either choose to obey or dismiss according to the condition of their heart. His very signature is written over all creation, so all human beings should recognize His reality and presence (Romans 1:20). I further feel that God moves in the lives of unbelievers through His orchestration of events, incidents, contacts, sufferings and other experiences to woo the lost to a place of rescue, where possibly their hearts might be reached (John 6:44), and they might be led to Jesus.
What concerns me is I am not hearing the name “JESUS” thunderously and deservedly proclaimed as their Savior and Redeemer. The Bible is clear when God speaks in Acts 4:12 declaring: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” It is at the name of “JESUS” that every knee will bow and every tongue confess his Lordship (Philippians 2:9-11).
Again, I’m not trying to judge the sincerity of anyone’s testimony, I would just feel more comfortable and joyous over such testimony if I heard them proclaim they had invited “Jesus” into their life, and asked Him to be their personal Savior. I think that in the discipleship process, we more mature Christians should make that difference known to those God sends under our guidance and study. We should encourage the proclaiming of the name of JESUS both publicly and frequently (Matthew 10:32), after all Jesus died for us publicly, bearing ridicule, humiliation and torture for our sakes!
I believe that before we come to Jesus for salvation, we are still God’s Creations, and He wants all of us to come Him through Jesus for rescue from our sins and adoption into His family (1 Timothy 2:3 - 4) and 1 John 14:6,... however; it is only after we accept Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, invite Jesus to take control of our lives and turn our hearts to God, that we gain the right to then become children of God (1 John 1:12).
Anyway, PLEASE….Let’s all try to boldly proclaim the name of Jesus at every opportunity for the glory of God the Father and encourage others to do the same.
Thanks for letting me vent!
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This is truly a legitament vent, Dennis. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He forgave our sins and suffered greatly for that, to bring us to God. Shouldn't we mention his name quite readily? I would certainly hope so!