Honoring God with our Testimony
Today’s blog is Part 3 of a 4 part series on Honoring God in our lives.
There are parts of my life I would just love to close the door on and never revisit, never let anyone know about, but that is my plan, not God’s plan. God’s plan is better than my plan. I am glad I am not alone in the “Sinful past I would love to forget club.” Here are just a few God has used despite their sinful choices.
Moses committed murder and fled. (Exodus 2)
David lusted, committed adultery and then murder ( 2 Samuel 11)
Paul, before he met Jesus, committed many murders against Christians (Acts 9)
The Samaritan woman at the well. (John 4)
The word of God tells us:
2 Timothy 3: 16-17 ESV “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
It is written by men but the words written have been inspired by God. God could have chosen to leave out the sinful pasts of these people but he chose not to do that. Why, you ask? I believe if we didn’t know the sinful parts of the lives of those that went on to do great things in the name of God, and for God, we may feel like we can never be useful to God because of the sinful parts of our past.
If I don’t share my past, the good, bad and the ugly, I can’t help guide those struggling with the same sins to move away from those sins and towards Jesus Christ. Yes, as I revealed in my testimony on, Faithfully Following Ministries Truth over Lies mini-study blog, I have done some very sinful things in my past BUT through the grace of God and my relationship with Jesus none of those things I did in the past define me now. Today I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am a blood bought daughter of the King of kings that serves Him in many ways. I look back at the woman I once was and sit in awe of the woman God has grown me to be today.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Gen 50:20 ESV
We honor God, in our lives, when we live lives that trust that when we reveal the secrets of our past, and share how God has transformed our lives, others who see and hear us, will know that they too can be saved, transformed, and used by God for good.
We honor God in our testimonies when we share our lives before and after we saw the need to call on Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. When others hear of all that God has done for us, it gives them hope and that, my friend, honors God in our testimonies.