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Being a Christian is next to impossible. And yet, when you declare that you are one you have this responsibility to fulfill. You need to be careful how you act and carry yourself because you never know, you may be the only bible some people read. If they see you acting in a way that’s contrary to Christ’s teachings, then it may turn them away from Christ.
Yesterday, after getting a new listing in Philam Life Village, we stopped by a gas station to gas up. After paying, I was about to drive away when the attendant informed me that they had mistakenly gassed up my tank with diesel instead of gas. Apparently, the attended that filled up my tank was new and she got confused.My cars engine runs on gas. Since gasoline engines cannot combust diesel fuel, had I driven away, my car would have eventually stopped running and the engine would need to be repaired.
The bottom-line is, it could have been very costly and time-consuming for me. As a real estate broker, I use my car a lot and to not be able to use it even for just a few days would mean lost revenue. After the mistake was discovered, all the attendants apologised profusely. One of them called their mechanic so he could drain out the diesel in my tank and replace it with gas. Instead of getting mad, I choose to wait patiently for their mechanic to arrive and fix the problem.
There are two reasons why I chose to stay patient.
First of all, getting mad wouldn’t have helped the situation. The damage had been done and so I might as well cooperate with them to fix it. Also, the new attendant that made that mistake didn’t do it on purpose. Hopefully, she’ll be more careful next time though.
Second, I wanted to be a good testimony. Had I gotten mad and yelled at them, I would have put my being a Christian to shame.
Being a Christian is not always easy or convenient. But when you choose to honor God and do what’s right, I believe this helps bring more people to Christ. Every choice you make, whether good or bad, has consequences even though it may not be readily apparent.
What does it mean to be a good testimony?
Being a good testimony is not only about the words that you say but how you live your life. It’s a public declaration of your belief through both words and action. You must both tell and show people what it means to follow Christ. The purpose of a testimony is to give evidence to the world that Jesus really changes lives. Following Christ is a transformational experience and once you choose to let him in, it will be reflected in the way you life your life.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Being a follower of Christ is a daily struggle. Because with my naturally sinful tendencies, I need to constantly watch myself. Yes, I still stumble from time to time. But I’m not aiming for perfection. My aim is to improve. And by God’s grace – with a lot of prayer and commitment – I’ll do better each day.
“Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.” – Kyle Idleman
When you look at your life, what kind of testimony are you making?
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.