Your testimony is not yours to tell

in , by Cynthia Cano, 8:00 AM

How many of you work a 9-5 job?
How many of you attend school, whether grade school or college?
Regardless if you work, go to school, or do neither and stay at home all day, you have a testimony to tell and protect.

Many people assume, and actually act on their assumption, that living for God only involves showing up to church 2-3 times, reading the Bible here and there, and praying whenever something is going wrong. But living for God goes so much farther than just that.

Yes. It is our responsibility, as Christians, to attend each service during the week.
Yes. We do have to read the Bible every chance we get, and not only read, but study the profoundness in it.
Yes. We do have to pray, but not only when something is going wrong, but at all times.

Living for God is making sure you have a healthy relationship with him at all times, and its also making sure that your actions give a good, if not better, perception of who He is to those surrounding you. And keep in mind that those who you are surrounded with are not only the people you go to work and school with, or your family, or members of the church; they are also your next door neighbors, the cashier at the grocery store, the person who cut you off on the road, the person who stole your parking spot, and even the person who has been gossiping about you. It is your responsibility to lift the name of the Lord at all times.

Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one lights a lamp and puts it under a clay pot. Instead it is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so others will see the good you do and will praise your Father in heaven."

In Matthew chapter 5, verses 14-16, it tells us that we are the light of the world. We are being looked at, judged, analyzed, and studied. It is our actions that will give the Lord a good name or a bad name. We all know right from wrong. We know what is acceptable and what is not. But I think the biggest thing that many of us often forget if that we are not are not the only ones being judged based on our actions, but God is as well. Your bad attitude towards people, will prove to those that don't know God that He also has a bad attitude towards them. The lack of forgiveness that you have, will lead people to think that God is an unforgiving God; which we all know He is not, but our actions will prove otherwise. The way we speak, will make others think that God does not change and transform when He does.

As little and insignificant as our bad actions may seem, they have a huge impact on how people perceive God; that is why we have to protect our testimony. The less negative things people have to say about us, the more God's greatness, mercy and love can reach out to the people who need to know Him.

Stay Blessed,

Cynthia Enid Cano

"Your most powerful testimony is how you treat others after the church service is over" - Unknown
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