1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
The Christian Testimony is more than just a story about ourselves. It is an account of God’s goodness, the gospel, and the glory of God. Our identity in Christ should be one that reveals the light of Christ rather than the glory of man. The sinful man has no light, nor can he/she produce light. God chooses and calls us into His family in order to draw praise. Our story should never be about our glory but it should always reflect the one who gave us light.
Who I am in Christ is an amazing thing. It truly blows my mind to be called such things by the Lord. The warning I draw from this passage is that we fail to implement the entire passage. We see a proclamation by the Lord, but at the same time we also see the purpose of this calling. He has called us out of darkness into the light. What is the purpose of all this? It is to show forth the praises of the one who has done the work.
My burden this week is that we carefully analyze our personal testimony. Our testimony should always point people to Christ rather than celebrate the individual. The Christian testimony is a very powerful thing, but does it draw praise to the Lord or man? When we share our testimony or speak of our identity does it reflect the image of Christ or does it celebrate man’s decision?
It is my hope this week that we live, speak, and share our faith in such a way that it speaks volumes about Christ rather than magnify the decision of man. We must always remember this is all a work of God. We must never take credit from something we did not do.