Every Christian has a story to tell of what God has done for them. We call this a personal testimony. The value of this testimony is that, while people may challenge what you believe, they will be unable to deny the impact Jesus Christ has made on your life. For that reason, let us be ever mindful of the fact that as Christians, we are being watched. Think about it: Each first time you open your briefcase or your backpack and take out your Bible; Each first time you bow your head to pray for your meal; Each time you have an opportunity to place the needs of another before your own, people will be watching. Why? They want to see if you practice what you preach. They want to see whether you are legitimate; whether you are “the real deal.” If you are, your life will shine like a light in the darkness. It will also be an instrument in God’s hand to bring conviction to that person’s heart. Nothing convicts an unbeliever more, than ‘consistentcy’ in the life of a true believer. On the other hand, if they find hypocrisy and inconsistency in your life, they can conveniently hang their unbelief on those things. I came to put my faith in Jesus Christ because of the consistent witness of a group of individuals God had placed in my life. Some were members of my family, others were men on a construction site. They really lived their faith. They had smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. They intrigued me. Why? I found their lives to be consistent. They “walked their talk.” And it was that very consistency that drew me to a Christian meeting, where (on August the 25th, 1979) I gave my life to Christ.
As Christians, we are representatives of the Most High God. It DOES matter what impression we make on others, because we are being watched.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we (our lives) implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2Cor. 5:20)