Not only does Jesus deserve a true and good testimony lived out in the life of every believer, but He is Worthy of it as well. He has laid down His life so that we may live. We should live our lives to bring Glory and Honor unto Him, and not unto ourselves (the old man).
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
In Colossians 2:6, Paul encourages us, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”
In this life, daily we are representatives of a King not of this world. We are from a Kingdom that is much, much higher than this. The Bible describes Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords. And I, for one, acknowledge Him as my personal Lord and King. Because I do, I am committed to representing Him in the purist of form that I can. I am instructed to:
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1 John 3:3)
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
What drives me the most in being a good testimony for and of Jesus Christ is my gratefulness for what He has done, is doing, and will do for me – definitely in the matter of the Eternal Salvation of my soul.
Peter tells us that we are:
“…a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Even though I know that it is not by my power, and not by my strength, I still make it my business to be obedient to another command given to us from the Word of God in Matthew 5:16; and these are some words directly from Jesus Himself:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
The Apostle Paul had many credentials and a very zealous testimony of how he lived according to “the old man,” which was Saul of Tarsus. But after his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, he began to live a new testimony.
He is one that I believe made the commitment to live his life as a believer, a born-again Christian; so that people would say of him, “Now there is one who bears a true and good testimony of Jesus Christ!” Amen. He even encouraged the people who admired him, and would follow him, to not focus on him but on the Lord Jesus Christ. For he says, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
The question “What Would Jesus Do?” can be answered easily on a daily basis, moment by moment, if and while we are obedient to the instructions that Peter gives us:
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
By reading, studying, meditating, and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach and direct us about the Example that Jesus came and lived in this same world, we can press forward to be a good example as well.
We can be a Good Testimony for our Lord Jesus Christ.