At Bethel Rock pillow And awesome dreams; Heavenly ladder Upwards ascends – descends, Angelic hosts journeys make. Jacob receiving promises – Great expectations – as new day breaks He and his people a land to process
“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)
Recently, Brother Larry spoke on the topic of: “It’s in your testimony.” I am going to build on that and note that – “It’s simple,” because our testimonies don’t have to be anything complicated.
There are many ways of making a simple testimony. For example, I set out on in August to write 15 Bible Poems. One of these is offered here as a sample:
In desperation –
In greatest need-
Begging for mercy –
For help – she did plead
Rebuffed for her efforts
She did not relent –
With just crumbs from the table
She would be content
Such faith she did show
As one from outside
Jesus’ used her example
To show His mercy’s cast wide
Just crumbs from the table
Is all it does take
For us also today
A life change to make
In Mark 7:24-30, we find the story of the Syrophoenician Woman (cited above in the poem). Hers was a testimony of faith. It didn’t require elaborate words, or a vast understanding of scripture. This woman was an outsider but an outsider with faith!
Such simple faith aids us. Even without deep theological training, the plain sense of scripture can make sense – then you can find the heart of the Gospel. It doesn’t require Greek and Hebrew.
I am a theologian. I teach and write about the nature of faith and of God. But I cannot teach faithfulness. I cannot put you in a relationship with God. That is the limitation of my ministry.
That is why we have a body of believers!
Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us:
“And he gave to some to be, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Did you notice that the passage said to some – not all are apostles, or prophets, pastors, and such like? Some are mothers and fathers, carers, greeters, singers, dancer, and helpers.
Your witness – your testimony – your ministry is the talent the Lord has given to you. And none – none – Not pastors, or worship leaders, or theologians is any more important than yours.
One powerful witness – remember this about witness – is Dorcas or Tabitha in Acts 9: 36 – 39
“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.”
Your profession of the gospel – your testimony is how you live your life of faith. What’s called the great commission “Go into to all the world and make disciples,” can be read to mean – not to be a purposeful missionary, but “As you go.”
Your – our – actions speak to those we encounter. It is by our actions as well as by our words that we are ambassadors for Christ. As Brother Larry put it, “It’s in your testimony.”