“So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.” 1 Timothy 3:2
The craziness and pace of this life can get us off track so often and keep us from focusing on what really matters in this life. At Metrolina, we have set apart some key values that we really believe matter to us and to our families. Over the next few weeks, I want to share those values in my articles under the cover of “What Matters.”
This week I want to focus on our testimony and why it matters. Webster defines testimony as “proof or evidence that something exists or is true”. In the context of us as Christians, are we living in such a way that others know that we belong to Christ?
I love the truth and the challenge of 1 Timothy 3:2 above. Paul instructs us to live “above reproach” or in such a way that others would not question our walk with God. He goes on to tell us how we can do that by being faithful to our spouse, exercising self-control, living wisely, and having a good reputation.
One of the biggest issues that society has with Christians is that so often Christians live hypocritical lifestyles. Paul is challenging us to live above that standard and present a testimony that Jesus matters and makes a difference in our lives. A.W. Tozier once said: “The world is waiting to hear an authentic voice, a voice from God.”
My desire for my life is that I would protect at all costs my testimony for Jesus Christ. I personally do not want to bring shame to His name. Instead, my desire is to make Him famous! I want others to see the difference in me that Jesus makes. One group in particular I want to see that in my life is my children. My heart has always been to live out the Christian faith and model for them an exemplary Christian testimony so that they too would be motivated to do the same.
The greatest joys that I have experienced in this lifetime is when I have been faithful and God has used that to impact others. The world desperately needs to see authentic Christians living above reproach and bringing honor and glory to the Lord.
C.S. Lewis once said: “We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.” Our testimony matters to a world that is watching. We as believers need to ask ourselves regularly what colors are we exhibiting in our daily walk. Would others know that Jesus is the priority relationship of our lives? Would others see the love of Christ in our lives!
I pray that each of us will take time in the coming weeks to ask ourselves what really matters to us!