Finding God's Winning Spirit

Walk the Walk

September 11, 2014 | Greg Smith | Christianity

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In the secular world the word testimony means to “bear evidence” or “to outwardly authenticate a fact”.  Theologically, testimony means, “a public profession of religious experience”.  Some would say the two are the same. The Greek word used for testimony in the New Testament means “to give witness”.  No matter how you define testimony one could say that what we do and how we live our lives demonstrates to others what is most important to us. Two things are true – we do not have to be “religious” to be a witness and whatever we do “bears witness” to others about our priorities and values.

Communication specialists tell us that people believe 70% of what they see and only 30% of what they hear.  Non-verbal beats verbal communication because people have learned that words can lie and action tends to tell the truth - talk is cheap.   Jesus confronts the Pharisees and Scribes about this when he says, “…. you hypocrites, as it is written: These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mark 7:6).  In a court of law any testimony by a witness is only as good as the personal character that backs it up.  The term “creditable witness” means who I am and what I do goes a long way in validating what I say. 

When it comes to testimony, action is everything.  If Jesus does not go to the cross then his words mean nothing.  God tells us that he loves us, which is validated through his willingness to send and sacrifice his Son.  Testimony is empty if it does not have action behind it – personal validity comes from “talking the talk and then walking the walk”.  From time to time you will hear athletes say that they will let their performance speak for itself; they know that bragging or “trash talking” means nothing if not backed up on the field of play.

Doing what we say we will do brings authority, respect and trust. As Christians we need to back up what we say with what we do and who we are.  As Christians we not only need to share Christ we need to model him.  This allows us to stand out or be “set apart”, which allows us to show the world what we believe, who we follow and how we have been changed.

In today’s culture Christian athletes have a unique opportunity to “bear witness” when they give God the credit.  No matter if an athlete crosses himself or herself, points to the sky or has scripture printed on their cheeks, they are saying to others that they are powered and motivated by Christ. I wonder how fellow employees would react if we showed up with John 3:16 printed on our cheeks or pointed to the sky every time we did something good at work? 

 

(Excerpt from Think F.A.S.T.: A Christian Game Plan).

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