What do attractive testimonies look like to godly people?
…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Romans 14:17-19, NKJV
What kind of Christian do you like to be with?
Think for a moment about the Christian who has most influenced your life? What character did they display that attracted you to their life? It was probably the fact that they lived a consistent life for the Lord—or perhaps they never seemed to buckle under a load but stood strong through trials and temptations. It may have been that you were attracted to their constant joy or peace in their life. It may have been that they always had a word to say about what God was doing.
Christians are attracted to persons who testify for Christ.
One morning at church I was talking to one of the most positive Christians I have ever known. I asked, “How are you?”
He said, “I can’t complain!”
I said, “Good, I don’t like to be around complainers, do you?”
He said, “No, I’m around them all the time.”
Spirit-filled Christians don’t enjoy complaining. You cannot be spirit-filled and forget to testify about what Christ has done for your life. In fact, the more you testify of Christ, the more positive you become!
Christians are also attracted to persons who testify by serving Christ.
If you have a servant heart, then you will see where God is at work and serve Him in that place. Loyalty to Christ is our work. So many Christians try to work for God without knowing Him. God desires our service to be in knowing Him. Knowing Christ will result in obedience to Christ. Christians are attracted to other Christians who do their work as unto Him!
Christians are attracted to testimonies about the person of Christ.
If your testimony makes anyone wish to emulate you, it is a false testimony–it is not a witness to Jesus. But, as you give testimony to Christ others are attracted not to you, but the Spirit of Christ that lives in you.
Oswald Chambers said, “To say ‘I got the victory’ is a selfish testimony; the testimony of the Spirit of God is that the Victor has got me.”
Why would other Christians be attracted to your life? Would they see the Spirit of Christ living in you so much that they wanted to know more about Christ?
I enjoy receiving these articles from you. I also have enjoyed so very much the lessons you and Allison have brought to our class. Can’t wait until you all teach another one of your books to our class. I just pray that I will live a life so that others will see Jesus in me. That I can be a true testimony for our God. Kerry, thanks for your input in Sunday Class it always helps. Keep up the good work!