How are our lives a testimony for Jesus?
When a person gives a testimony, be it in a court of law or elsewhere, it usually means that person speaks about something they have witnessed or experienced. Living a life of testimony is showing an experience by the way a person lives their life. When we demonstrate by the way we live our lives that we have encountered and been transformed by Jesus Christ, we are living a life of testimony for Jesus.
It is important that we do not rely on a life of testimony solely to proclaim the gospel, but add our words to our actions. When our words and our actions agree, we exhibit a clear message about who we are and whose we are. Our actions give credibility to our words, and our words explain the truth of who Jesus is and how people can be saved. Romans 10:14–17 and 1 Peter 3:15 are instructive on this concept.
When we speak of Jesus, and act like Jesus, we publically proclaim Him Lord of our lives. He told His followers to proclaim the gospel with words and actions. This is known as the Great Commission and cannot be obeyed without both words and actions.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19–20).
It is important to understand that we cannot live our lives as a testimony out of our own strength. We need the help of God, just as Paul acknowledged in 2 Corinthians 1:12: "For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you."
Paul relied on God's grace; we do the same. When we are transformed by Jesus, our lives will show it and our words should reflect it (John 15:1–11; Galatians 5:22–23; Colossians 4:5–6). When we don't know what to do, God will answer our prayers for wisdom (James 1:5).
As we live lives that bear the fruit of our salvation in tangible ways, and verbalize the reality of salvation in Jesus Christ, we give powerful testimony to the truth and grace of God.
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