He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. ~ 2 Timothy 1:9-10
Today I was thinking back to my days working at Target. I worked on the overnight crew for over two years with a group of men, which you could say, weren’t the most spiritual.
This was a time in my life that truly was a stretch for my faith because I was being forced to accurately live it out in front people who didn’t believe the same things I did.
Now, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t perfect. I can remember numerous times finding myself at the end of a conversation asking myself “how did I get from point a to point b?” and “Man, I blew my testimony again!”
All that being said, everyone there knew I was a Christian. I always tried to find ways of bringing Christ, the Bible and all kinds of Christian topics into the conversation, which usually resulted in some interesting debates.
I can remember one night, one of the guys asking me why I felt I needed Jesus… I thought about the question for a few moments and I said, “Because I know without Him, I’d be a pretty horrible person.” He looked very puzzled and followed up with asking, “You’re way too nice… You really think you’d be that bad of a guy?” which I responded “yes”.
You see, even with my testimony slip-ups I had set a tone with my life that I was different, and that I was, “the nice Christian boy.” I went on to tell him about how weak I felt and that if I didn’t have Christ; where I thought I’d be in my life and the “niceness” they all saw in me wasn’t of my own doing, it was Christ living and working in my life.
The next morning that conversation really hit me. I was thinking about my day-to-day behavior, responses or actions where I let my flesh push through into my life. I’m learning more and more that I need to keep an attitude of daily reliance and repentance on God for everything and anything. Without Him I wouldn’t have my heavenly blessings like salvation or my earthly ones like my wife and family.
I hope you take this morning’s confession as an encouragement for yourself for two reasons…
1. That even when we create a daily mess of our testimony, God can still use our hearts and conversations for His gospel. That he is able to restore us and use us.
2. As believers, whatever we have that is pure and beautiful is from Him and for Him. That if I am able to show kindness or a loving heart, it’s from Him that I am able. Not because of anything I’ve done. Always be humble and give daily credit to Him.
Dear, Heavenly Father. I hope this morning you’ll continually work in my life and help me to give more of myself to you. Help me peel away the layers of myself so you can shine brighter and brighter through me. Help me be a greater testimony of who you are and how beautiful you truly are. AMEN Graeme M. Wilson is Director of Marketing at America’s Keswick. You can write him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 32-33; Mark 8
Think About This: Let the Bible fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Henrietta C Mears
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” 1 Chronicles 28:20