What Is Your Testimony?
September 24, 2019, 11:00 AM

In preaching on select passages in the book of Genesis recently, I’ve come across a theme that I believe is vitally important for the child of God. When you see something repeated multiple times in the Bible you better pay attention to it.

 

In Genesis chapter 5 you read about the life of Enoch. He is the man that never died but walked with God and “he was not; for God took him.” In other words, he was so close to the Lord that God just took him home to be with Him. But in Hebrews 11:5 the Bibles says more about Enoch. It says, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

 

The Bible says that he had a testimony among the people of his time, and that testimony was that he pleased God. When people looked at his life, they had to acknowledge that Enoch walked with God and did his best to please the Lord. They knew that Enoch loved God.

 

A little later in Genesis, the Bible introduces us to Enoch’s great grandson, Noah. In Genesis 6:9 the Bible says of Noah, “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” When it says that he was perfect in his generations it is saying that he was blameless among his contemporaries. He was a man of integrity. He had character. He loved the Lord and others knew it. That was his testimony.

 

Every Christian has a testimony. By that I mean you have a reputation or a name. Or more specifically, you have a life that tells a story about whether you love the Lord and are truly committed to Him or not. Your life either points people to Jesus or pushes them away from Jesus. But as Christians we must be mindful of our testimony.

 

People are looking at us. Some are seeking to know more about Jesus and others want to discredit the Lord but either way they are looking at the life of the child of God. By God’s grace, we must do whatever it takes to make sure that we don’t bring reproach against the name of God but bring glory and honor to Him in every area of life.

 

Do you have a good testimony? Are you faithful to the Lord? Are you consistent in serving the Lord? Do your words edify or tear down? Do you talk the talk and walk the walk? Does your life show that you’ve been changed by Jesus Christ? What does your life say about Jesus? That is your testimony.

 

The Christian must be careful about how they act and where they go and who they associate with. We must make sure that we are light in this dark world and salt in this unsavory world. That is the only way we can please God and draw others to Him. So, what is your testimony on the job, in your home, with your family and friends, in your community? May each one of us have a testimony among our contemporaries that says, “he or she walked with God.”

 

 

 
Pastor Jeff Carter