The Christian Testimony – Unashamed

Romans 1:16-17  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

One of the great aspects of the Christian testimony is the willingness to be unashamed of the gospel. We live in a society where few have shared their faith with others. I remember reading a statistic a few years ago that said less than five percent of proclaiming Christians have ever shared their faith with an unbeliever. In a country based on freedom we operate with such a fear and shame toward the gospel. We cannot be scared or ashamed of the work of God being done in our lives. The greatest thing that could ever happen to a person is to experience the gospel. Yet the church in America keeps it hidden throughout our daily activity.

I am amazed at how our culture separates what we do on Sunday and how we live our lives out the rest of the week. We live in a society that has a form of godliness but it denies its power. The Christian testimony is not something that’s just supposed to be shared, but it is something that must be lived out in a world of darkness. We have this treasure in earthen vessels.

We cannot live our lives ashamed of who we are and what we are “in Christ.” We cannot live out our lives being afraid of the opinion of others or offending someone that may reject the power of God unto salvation. In a world that is growing increasingly dark, it is our duty to shine the brightest. Shining light may cost something in the days to come. We need to all realize that change does not come from who wins an election. Change happens through the word of the gospel.

Maybe it is time we quit inviting people to church and start inviting people to Christ.

The Christian Testimony – Walk in Light

1 John 1:6-7  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

What does it mean to walk in the light? In 1 John 1:5 it describes the light as God. The verse actually says God is light. So we are to walk in God and not in darkness. The concept of this entire passage centers around fellowship with God. We are to live our lives in fellowship with the Lord. Light signifies understanding, knowledge, purity, clarity, and power. Just think what light does for the human mind. It eliminates the fear of darkness. I know of very few people that sleep in total darkness. Almost everyone I know desires some form of light. Light gives understanding to difficult situations. It allows us to see something that would never have been noticed.

Christians are commanded to walk in the light as God is light. We are to walk in the purity, truth, and ways of God. We are to live our lives with a sense of being set apart from the world and unto the Lord. God does not fellowship with darkness. If we want to fellowship with God then we must not walk in darkness. If we are going to let our light shine then we must operate in the light.

The Christian testimony is one of light, but it is also one that fellowships with God. The Christian testimony hinges on its relationship with God. The passage emphasizes walking in truth, purity, and holiness. The passage emphasizes a turn from hypocrisy and a Christ-like behavior. We cannot say we have fellowship with God and then walk in darkness. Please consider our walk.