True Christ-followers desire to glorify God in their words and actions (our ‘witness’). What we say and do impacts how others perceive Jesus and the gospel. In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we should be able to share our faith testimony, demonstrate love to others, live good lives—different from the world. We all need to Remember Jesus and all He’s done! Represent Him well and be ever-mindful about the impact our life, as a Christ-follower, has to the world. Just as a 'good' witness can lead someone to Christ, a 'bad' witness can lead them further away from Him!
Our testimony is found in what our character and behavior says about God, not simply about the words that we speak. People listen to our words, then look at our lives to see if they’re in agreement. Someone who doesn’t know Jesus should not be able to justify their disbelief because of our unChrist-like behavior. Remember Jesus!
John 13:34–35 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” 1Peter 3:15 - “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1Peter 2:12 - “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
An effective witness doesn't happen by accident. We need to read and study God’s Word in order to be able to communicate what Christians believe, why we believe, and then back that up with behavior that confirms our commitment to Jesus. In other words, talk-the-talk AND walk-the-walk! Easier said than done, but Jesus is calling, “Remember Me.”
Writers: Denise Rich, Jonnie Most