How To Have a Convincing Testimony
How should we then live? —Ezekiel 33:10
One common question many Christians wonder about is this: How can I live so others will want to be saved also.
The old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” But, that is not entirely true. If you salt his oats and he’ll get thirsty and want to drink.
That is also true of a Christian’s witness and testimony. Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.” You cannot force anyone to get saved, but you can make him thirsty for what you have. Here’s how:
There are two things the unsaved watch for in a Christian: (1) They look to see if you are genuinely happy and have an unshakable joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. No one wants to look like they’ve been sucking on dill pickles. A cheerful countenance is a powerful influence. Is the joy of the Lord exhibited in your life? (2) They look to see how you respond to tribulation and hardships. They want to see if the things that make them miserable also make you miserable. There is no more powerful testimony to an unsaved man than when he sees a Christian get “slammed” by some adverse situation, and that Christian still maintains his joy and positive outlook. That will put an unsaved person under conviction better than more than any other single thing. That’s what convicted Saul at the stoning of Stephen.
Can the unsaved around you see these two things in your life?