WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
TOPIC: WHAT IS THE LORD’S TESTIMONY ABOUT YOU?
BY T. O. BANSO
“But the best testimony about me is not from a man, though I have reminded you about John’s testimony so you might be saved” (John 5:34 New Living Translation).
Someone can testify about himself. A fellow human being can testify on his behalf. But the most important testimony is the one from the LORD. It doesn’t matter what someone says about himself or other people say about him; what is important is what the LORD testifies about the person.
You may not say 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 the LORD 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 the LORD, 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 own testimony about himself. It is impossible for anyone to spend eternity with God on the basis of the good testimonies of others about Him. What will count is the testimony that God bears concerning everyone.
Jesus Christ told the Jewish leaders, “If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid. But someone else is also testifying about me, and I can assure you that everything he says about me is true. In fact, you sent messengers to listen to John the Baptist, and he preached the truth. But the best testimony about me is not from a man, though I have reminded you about John’s testimony so you might be saved” (John 5:31-34 New Living Translation). Did you see that?
Please take note of verse 34, “But the best testimony about me is not from a man, though I have reminded you about John’s testimony so you might be saved” (New Living Translation). The testimony by the LORD is the best testimony. Let His testimony be more important to you than the best words anyone says about you.
Jesus continued: “John shone brightly for a while, and you benefited and rejoiced. But I have a greater witness than John — my teachings and my miracles. They have been assigned to me by the Father, and they testify that the Father has sent me. And the Father himself has also testified about me. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me — the one he sent to you” (John 5:35-38 New Living Translation).
Jesus said beyond John the Baptist and His teachings and miracles, which testified about Him, the Father Himself had also testified about Him. As gratifying 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 the LORD or obeying Him. What does the LORD testify about you?
Jesus heard the voice of God testifying about Him on the day He was baptized by John the Baptist. As He came from 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).
At that time, He had not even started His ministry; He had not performed any miracle. Therefore, He didn’t derive His identity from His ministry but from God, who called Him His beloved Son. What is the LORD’s testimony about you? Does He call you His son? Are you truly His son?
At the Mount of Transfiguration, a similar voice testified about Jesus, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matthew 17:6 New King James Version). Mark 9:7 and Luke 9:35 record the same thing. Peter also referred to this event in 2 Peter 1:17. What is the LORD saying about you?
The apostle John says, “Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know that this is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son” (1 John 5:8-10 New Living Translation). The best testimony is from the LORD.
Hear the LORD’s testimony about Abraham: “And the LORD said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him” (Genesis 18:17-19 New King James Version). Can the LORD vouch for you concerning your family?
Many people call themselves prophets. Some even call themselves major-prophets! But what the LORD calls them is what is important. This is what the LORD 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 the LORD calls you. Abraham didn’t call himself a prophet and most people today wouldn’t have regarded him as one. The testimony from God is the best.
The LORD testified about Moses in Numbers 12:7-8: “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). The LORD said this because Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ brother and sister respectively, had spoken against Moses. After God’s words, Miriam, a prophetess (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, The LORD still testified after his death that he was His servant. The LORD 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). The LORD again referred to Moses as His servant in verse 7. Does the LORD know you as His servant? Does He bear testimony that you’re His servant?
Don’t look for titles or people’s commendation. Desire the LORD’s testimony. The LORD said concerning David, “David son of Jesse is a man after my own heart, for he will do everything I want him to” (Acts 13:22 New Living Translation). That’s a reference to what the LORD said in 1 Samuel 13:14 when he announced to Saul his rejection as king.
David didn’t testify on his behalf that he was a man after God’s heart; the LORD did. In 1 Chronicles 17:7, the LORD 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, the LORD’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, the LORD referred to Job as His servant four times, as if to stress it to Eliphaz the Temanite and Job’s other friends who had condemned him as a sinner: “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).
It is good to have good testimony from all (3 John 12) including non-Christians (1 Timothy 3:7). But the best testimony is from the LORD. May your life attract a good testimony from the LORD.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit 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 resurrected 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 the palm tree and grow like the 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 the LORD. Father, I look not for titles or people’s commendation; I desire Your testimony, the best testimony. 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, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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