So, a lot of times, in the church, we do things without knowing what they are and their purpose. An example is testifying. What is a testimony and what does it mean to testify? Well, we will start in what we are when we testify. We are witnesses. That means that we saw and experienced something. When we speak of what we saw and experienced, we testify.
As Christians, we are to be witnesses to Christ. That means that we are to see and experience who Christ is and what He can do. When we speak of who He is and what He has done, we testify. The purpose of being a witness in Christ and testifying of His grandeur is to bring glory to Him. This is so crucial that I will say it again. The purpose of being a witness in Christ and testifying of His grandeur is to bring glory to Him.
One example of a witness testifying to the glory of Christ is when the King Darius praised God for protecting Daniel in the lion's den. Darius did not speak of Daniel. He did not say that Daniel was so bold or powerful. Though it was one of Daniel's testimonies, He gave all the glory to God.
In Daniel 6, verses 25 to 27, we read:
Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
For He is the living God,
And steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,
And His dominion shall endure to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Going all the way down to the Old Testament, we see Jesus and the Samaritan woman. While in Daniel 6, King Darius was a witness to something that Daniel went through, in John 4, the Samaritan woman was a witness to something that she went through herself. We see that after she saw and experienced Christ, she did not boast of herself to her fellow villagers. She did not speak of how special and grand she was to have seen and spoken to Christ so personally. She did not call attention to herself. Instead, she pointed the villagers to Christ. In verses 28 to 29, we read: "The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” When she testified, she did not call the people to come and see her but to go and see Christ. She did not render glory to herself. She rendered glory to Christ.
Personally, I can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who protects for many times the devil tried to kill me but Christ gave me life. Even greater than that, I can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who Saves, for I once was lost in sin but Jesus forgave me and redeemed me into righteousness.
Someone can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who heals for that person once was sick, almost to death, and Christ healed them. Another can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who restores, for they almost lost their marriage but Christ restored it. Also, one can be a witness to Christ and testify that He is the God who provides, for they had no means to pay for their education but Christ made way for them to obtain an education through honorable means. Etc.
The greatest testimony though is that Christ is the One who Saves. That is the essence of the name of Jesus. Yeshua. Yehoshua. Yaweh is Salvation. His own name witnesses to Him and the greatest act that He has ever fulfilled. - WOW. The name above all names!!! -
In all these cases, the glory does not go to the witness for they did not do anything great. They simply received something great. Instead, the glory goes to Christ who was the One who saved, the One who protected, the One who healed, the One who restored, the One who provided, etc.
If anyone testifies with the purpose of having people look at them with reverence and praise them, they have yet to understand who Jesus is and what Jesus did for them. For if they truly understood how great Jesus is and how little they are, they would be completely convicted that all glory belongs to Christ and Christ alone. I mean... take some time to study astronomy. Look at the planets, the stars, the moon and the sun. Look at how big the galaxy is and think on how there are many more galaxies. - Look up pictures. - Think on how God sits above it all and created all of it. Then, you will see how before God, we are just a pieces of dusts and do not deserve even a bit of the glory that He is to receive, and it is by grace that He even thinks about us. It is by excess love that He sent His Only Begotten Son to die for us. The Son of God died for bits of dusts who have sinned against Him again and again! Amazing!!!
That is why one's testimony does not make one so special, but instead makes Christ so worthy. A person's testimony certainly does not make a person more special than other people for everyone who is in Christ has a testimony that shows how worthy Christ is. The testimonies may be different but each have equal value.
Lastly, as I said before, a testimony is not the gospel. While it brings the Lord glory to share with an individual what Jesus has done for you, the gospel is what God did for that individual. I can share with a person my relationship with Jesus and all that I have experienced in Him, but they will not feel invited to received Christ unless I share with them that Jesus has something special for them as well. Christ died for me. Yet, what brings an individual to Christ is that He died for that individual as well. Going back to the Samaritan woman, she did not only tell the people to look at what this Jesus did for her, she also told them to go and see for themselves who He is and what He can do.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu