I came across this devotion today and it reminds me of the first chapter of "When Women Say Yes to God" where we were encouraged to know and share our story with others. It isn't enough for us to know facts about God. We must know Him and be intimately aware of His work in our life--both past and present tense. We want others to see Him in us. This is a good devotion to ponder as we think about the people within our sphere of influence who do not know Him. May God be gloried through all our circumstances.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman
"I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony." - John 3:11
Over the last several years I have seen two distinct types of Christian believers. One type enthusiastically teaches their Bible knowledge to others. These people, though they may be genuine in their motive, lack one essential ingredient to being effectively used by God - a testimony.
The second type of people I have encountered have a genuine testimony of what God is doing and continues to do in their lives. This was the case in the early Church. Men and women were able to give powerful testimony of events and experiences that could only be explained as a work of God.
God desires to build a testimony in each of us. Each of us is one of God's chosen vessels to reflect His power in and through us. When others see this power reflected, they are impacted because they cannot explain that power. God desires to frame your life with experiences designed to reflect the character and nature of Christ. Sometimes these events can be very devastating, but they are designed to reveal His power in and through us.
Every one of us has a testimony. What would others say your testimony is today? Can others see God's work in your life? Is your testimony one of Bible knowledge only? Are things happening in your life that can only be explained as God? These can be problematic questions for each of us. Ask God to build a testimony of His life in and through you today.