Why Your Testimony is Crucial

When we give the world an accurate picture of Jesus through our attitudes and actions, we will join the multitudes who “fight the good fight of the faith.”

Paul encouraged Timothy to behave like this because it was crucial to the furtherance of the gospel.

Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6.12).

Just as Jesus boldly revealed his true nature to Pilate, we are to show Jesus’ glory to others through our words and actions.

In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,

I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6.13-14).

How to Testify to Jesus

Our son and daughter-in-law recently returned from visiting Toni’s family in California. They prayed several times for Toni’s mother and two brothers.

They devoted a weekend to bless Toni’s family in ways that thrilled us all. They brought Toni’s mother flowers, cards, and gifts each time they saw her.

They transported Toni’s disabled brother each day to visit his mother. They took him on drives to the ocean and provided food for all of the family members.

Their whirlwind weekend was filled with loving care, prayer, and service to family members whom they loved.

I am extremely proud of John and Leah because they are one of the best examples of a living testimony that I have seen in a long time.

Be Creative

The reputation of the church is suffering in today’s environment.

Leadership scandals erode the trust of potential followers of Jesus. The involvement of high-profile Christian leaders in political activism has eliminated many in the younger generations.

The belief that truth is relative and that what is true for some may not be true for others is another significant cultural challenge to faith.

At the same time, the world desperately needs a relationship with a loving God.

We are the conduit of the good news. We need to make sure that people see Jesus, not our opinions and attitudes.

John and Leah are good examples of loving and creative sharing of the gospel.

They gave of themselves in a very loving manner. They also included Jesus in the mix of their activities with the family.

We can do the same thing. We can behave as lovingly as possible and we can humbly and gently include Jesus in the conversation.

Let’s try it out and see what God does through us.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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