WHAT IS GOD’S TESTIMONY ABOUT YOU?

WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL

JULY 28, 2023

TOPIC: WHAT IS GOD’S TESTIMONY ABOUT YOU?

BY T. O. BANSO

“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid. You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved” (John 5:31-34 New International Version).

Someone can testify about himself. A fellow human being can testify on his behalf. But the most important testimony is the one from God. It doesn’t matter what someone says about himself or what other people say about him; what is important is what God testifies about the person.

You may not tell the truth about yourself. People may tell lies about you. They may flatter you or speak about you out of hatred or envy. But whatever God says about you is accurate. If He says you’re all right, you are. If He says He is not pleased with your life, it is because you have some things you should deal with.

If you’re serious about living to please God, you will be concerned about what He says about your life rather than seeking the praise of men or being worried by the unfair criticisms of human beings that could be motivated by different reasons.

Nobody will be saved because of the testimonies of others or his testimony about himself. No one will spend eternity with God based on the good testimonies of others about Him. What matters is the testimony that God bears concerning everyone.

Jesus Christ told the Jewish leaders, “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid. You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved” (John 5:31-34 New International Version). Did you see that?

The Living Bible presents verse 34 thus: “But the truest witness I have is not from a man, though I have reminded you about John’s witness so that you will believe in me and be saved” (The Living Bible). The testimony by God is the truest and best testimony. Let His testimony be more important to you than the best words anyone says about you.

Jesus continued:  “John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light. I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent” (John 5:35-38 New International Version).

Jesus said beyond John the Baptist and His teachings and miracles, which testified about Him, the Father Himself had also testified about Him. As pleasing as the good testimony of people about you may be, don’t make it your focus in life. Neither should you allow an unfavourable testimony by others to worry you if you’re doing the will of God or obeying Him. What does God testify about you?

Jesus heard the voice of God testifying about Him on the day John the Baptist baptized Him. As He came up out of the water, the heavens were opened to Him. He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 New King James Version). Mark 1:11 and Luke 3:22 record the same thing.

At that time, Jesus had not even started His ministry; He had not performed any miracles. Therefore, He didn’t derive His identity from His ministry but from God, who called Him His beloved Son. What is God’s testimony about you? Are you truly His Son? Does He call you His son?

At the Mount of Transfiguration, a similar voice that came out of the cloud testified about Jesus, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matthew 17:5 New King James Version). The accounts of Mark and Luke of the event record the voice as saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35 New King James Version). Peter also referred to this event in 2 Peter 1:17:  “For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (New King James Version). What is God saying about you?

The Apostle John says, “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:9-11 New International Version). God’s testimony is greater than that of man.

Anyone can call himself a super apostle or a major prophet! But what God calls him is what is important. This is what God says about Abraham to Abimelech who had taken Sarah, Abraham’s wife, as his wife because Abraham said that she was her sister: “Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours” (Genesis 20:7 New King James Version).

It is not the title you give yourself or some people give you that is important; it is what God calls you. Abraham didn’t call himself a prophet and most people today wouldn’t have regarded him as one. God’s testimony is greater than that of man.

God testified about Moses in Numbers 12:7-8: “If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.  Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (New King James Version). God said this because Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ brother and sister respectively, had spoken against Moses. After God’s words, Miriam, a prophetess, according to Exodus 15:20, became leprous for seven days so that she would learn to honour God’s servant. When Aaron saw what befell her, he quickly asked for forgiveness for their foolishness.

It is amazing that despite the circumstances of Moses’ death, God still testified after his death that he was His servant. God said to Joshua, Moses’ assistant who would take over from him, “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them — the children of Israel” (Joshua 1:2 New King James Version). Again, God referred to Moses as His servant in verse 7. Does God know you as His servant? Does He bear testimony that you’re His servant?

Don’t look for titles or people’s commendations. Desire the God’s testimony. God said concerning David, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22 New King James). That’s a reference to what God said in 1 Samuel 13:14 when he announced to Saul his rejection as king.

David didn’t testify about himself that he was a man after God’s heart; God did. In 1 Chronicles 17:7, God called him His servant even when he was sending the Prophet Nathan to confront him with his sin of adultery.

What about Job? Though Job’s friends saw him as a sinner being punished for his sins, God’s testimony about him was that he was His servant and there was none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:8). What a testimony! He gave the same testimony about Job a second time in Job 2:3.

Furthermore, in two verses in the last chapter of the book of Job, God referred to Job as His servant four times, as if to stress it to Eliphaz the Temanite and the two other friends of Job who had condemned him as a sinner: “And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has’” (Job 42:7-8 New King James Version).

The Apostle John said that Demetrius, a Christian, had a good testimony from all (3 John 12). It is good to have good testimony from all, including non-Christians (1 Timothy 3:7). But the greatest testimony is from God. May your life attract a good testimony from Him.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to live a life that attracts a good testimony from God and all. My focus shall not be titles or people’s commendations but God’s testimony. Father, I receive the help of the Holy Spirit to live to please You in Jesus’ name.  

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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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