While serving as a Student Pastor a number of years ago I used a very simple illustration. It involved a chair and two students. I would have one stand in the chair and attempt to pull the other student up where they were. When that failed (and it did every time), I would then have the student on the ground try to pull the other student down from the chair. The lesson became obvious: it’s easier to be pulled down than to pull someone else up. I used this example when teaching students the importance of maintaining our witness.
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QUESTION #2: WILL IT IMPROVE (OR HURT) MY WITNESS
THIS IS PART 2 OF A 4 PART SERIES – IF YOU MISSED QUESTION #1 – CLICK HERE
Every decision hurts or helps our testimony!
In truth, all of us are living embodiments of the gospel. We are given great privilege and responsibility as born-again believers and yes we are the only Bible some will ever read! If our spiritual lives are dead then our world believes our God is dead. The only easy they will know otherwise is by our witness. Paul, when writing to the church at Corinth, makes this truth plain to them.
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. – 2 Corinthians 3:2–6 (KJV) emphasis mine
The Image & Intent of the Creator
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. – Genesis 1:26–27 (KJV 1900) emphasis mine
God created man “in His own image.” This means that we are to be a reflection of the Creator. He wants to be able to look at us and see a glimpse of Himself. We must examine every aspect of our lives and take notice of how it will reflect upon Him? As Christians, we are given the responsibility of representing Jesus Christ in the earth.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. -Acts 1:8 (KJV 1900) emphasis mine
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: – Romans 14:16 (KJV 1900)
Are there some areas that need evaluation in your life? What are some things you’ve had to adjust that could damage your witness?