My reputation as a Christian is vital! It either advances the cause of Christ or hinders it. It’s often referred to as a Christian’s “testimony” and it includes not only their verbal witness, but also the integrity of their lifestyle! How I live my life must match the witness I share. Consistency and congruence in these two areas increases my influence with my community, colleagues, and close friends!
Apostle Paul emphasized the importance of this. He urged the believers in Philippi, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world!” (Philippians 2:14-15)
Jesus put it another way, He told his followers, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
I want my testimony – my reputation – as a Christian to be congruent and consistent! During my time of “coffee with the Lord” today I came across several verses in Proverbs that highlight three practical ways I can enhance my testimony (they’re found in Proverbs 14:29-31)…
- Don’t be a “hothead” – ask God to help you control your temper!
“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” (check out James 1:20)
- Be content – don’t be envious of what others have.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” (check out 1 Timothy 6:6-8 and Philippians 4:11-13)
- Be kind and generous to those in need.
“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors Him.” (check out 1 Timothy 6:17-19 and 1 John 3:17-18)
Three practical ways to enhance our “testimony” or witness as Christians! I want to live this way, don’t you?