I believe one of the greatest errors in modern christianity is what huge emphasis we place on something that was never ours in the first place. God did not call us to testify of ourselves, He called us to testify regarding the good news! “Behold the Lamb of God, the Christ, who takes away the sins of the world!” That of whom John the baptist said, “In whose sandal straps I am unworthy to loose.”
Over the years I have witnessed countless men and women fall from great human heights in what they perceived to be great ministries; only to land in the condemning sand of their own failed testimony. Shattered by guilt and tormented by the possibility that they may never speak of God again. Failing to realize that this horrendous mindset is the direct result of misunderstanding their mission.
If we view our ministry through the stability of our testimony, and it is established by our ability to walk as Christ walked in this world, I can assure you that it will only be a matter of time before the whole thing comes crashing down like a house of cards.
My friends, God did not rescue us to testify of ourselves! He rescued us and saved us so that He could show us experientially how much He loves us. That we may openly and honestly share that love with the world. Father let us not hide in our testimony, but rather rejoice in yours! Let us always remember that when we are weak, You are strong! Thus your name is glorified!
Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then?Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.””Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Make straight the way of the Lord’, as the prophet Isaiah said.”Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” ~ John 1:19-27
George L. Miller