1Corinthians 2:1-2,”1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED”
I recently listened to a radio program which dealt with what is more important in sharing our faith. On the streets they asked a number of people what they would share, 80-90% said their testimony would be the main thing to share, in other words what God has done for them. It sounded like our testimony would be a stronger persuasion tool than His testimony, what He has done and accomplished on the cross. I have sat to listen to a few testimonies; a number had the spotlight on the person giving testimony rather than Christ.
We should have a place for testimony in our sharing however, if our testimony overshadows His testimony, then we are out of focus. If I were to use movies to make this point clear, I would say He is the main character; we are the supporting cast, not the other way round. We would not even appear on the credits in dealing with Him.
Paul had a very unique way of writing. I find that he introduces himself and then gets out of the way for the main character Jesus to be enthroned. He takes the spotlight off himself and places it on Christ. He’s aim was not to show WHO he was but rather WHOSE he was, the One he belonged to, Christ. Paul had such a great conversion testimony; a wow testimony compared to many, yet he knew Christ’s testimony was way bigger than His. He says, vs. “1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God, 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED”, 2Corinthians 2:1&2. He was bringing the testimony of God, Jesus Christ and not what He has done for us though that is important, but Christ and Him crucified. Christ to be the CENTER of his message rather than Christ be the LABEL of his message.
Our testimony can fail and has many times; His never fails the more reason we ought to declare His testimony. God put the spotlight on His Son, Hebrews 1:1–4, “1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they”. The Holy Spirit in John 16 came to highlight Christ by leading His followers into the truth as it is in Jesus.
What is His testimony, John 3:13-15, “13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”.
Let us be careful that even when we give our testimonies that we don’t allow the spotlight of the testimony to be on us. His testimony is way bigger and greater than ours; His story is what will draw men to Himself. Let’s lift Him up in our sharing of the gospel by preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Blessings Ev
- Be Lifted Up, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- It’s All Been Paid For, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)