“Oh! the world is hungry for the Living Bread, Lift the Savior up for them to see; Trust Him, and do not doubt the words that He said, “I’ll draw all men unto Me.”…Lift Him up by living as a Christian ought, Let the world in you the Savior see; Then men will gladly follow Him Who once taught, “I’ll draw all men unto Me.”…”
There’s power in our witness. I’ve learned many things in my walk with Christ, but this always seems to resonate. Sharing our testimony isn’t easy, nor is being a witness, but there’s power there and it’s necessary.
I’ve shared my testimony here before, expressed through a spoken word that I performed at my church years ago. And while that testimony still has power, there have been more testimonies since then. There have been more things that have happened in my life where I’m able to witness and testify to the power of God. And it’s important to note that, because sometimes we view our testimonies as this stagnant “thing” that doesn’t change. But as God continues to work through us, we have more things to witness and testify about. Our lives are the sum of many, many testimony and witness experiences woven together and orchestrated by God. And we have to share them.
I missed an opportunity to witness and was SO disappointed in myself. Well, let me not say I missed the opportunity. It wasn’t like it was a bus that came, and I was late. But an opportunity to witness opened up, and I chose not to share. Why? Perhaps out of fear. Perhaps because I didn’t view that the time and place was appropriate. I can’t exactly pinpoint the reason that I chose NOT to share, but as soon as the moment was over, I was disappointed. Not only because I misrepresented myself, but I also misrepresented God in my failure to share His truths with someone else.
The writer of the hymn “How to Reach the Masses” (quoted above) is right- the WORLD is hungry for the living bread. We should always be ready to serve that living bread to others. Many people won’t go to church, but they will observe us and our life. We add power to that observation when we share our witness and testimony.
Lebron James had it right- we are ALL witnesses. But what will we witness and testify to? I’m committed to being a witness and sharing the testimony of how God’s love, grace, mercy, and favor have changed my life. And I believe that as I share that testimony with faith and conviction, lives will be changed.
It’s not about how I became better. It’s about WHO made me better. To God be the glory for the things He has done.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” – John 12:32 (KJV)