I have lately been contemplating this question. Certainly it is possible to tell people about Jesus. What He did and how much He loves us. And about His willingness to forgive us for sinning against Him and others. But is sharing the gospel really a testimony? They overcame him with the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Rev. 12:11a).
Yielding your life to Christ is the only avenue to a testimony for Christ. If our life is not our own then Jesus is free to use it as His own.
What have we done for God or what has He done through us? In Malachi our Father tells His people why He is offended with them. They were bringing offerings to Him that no one else would want and that they would not even think of bringing to one of their own rulers. And He says in verse 9 of chapter 1, “with such an offering on your part, will [I] receive any of you kindly?” This chapter tells us that His people whom He loved had profaned their offering.
Having thought about what our offering really is — the laying down of our own life on His alter.
24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
Luke 9:24 NASB
So what does it mean then to profane this our only acceptable offering?
Today’s people of God are called out ones. We are called out by Him to be separated, yielded, sold out from the world. Yet, we are to be in the world, and we will feel the world’s ire against us because of our love for Christ, but we are not of this world.
We are of Christ. We walk by faith in Him, through whatever the world brings against us. This is our only offering, and not unlike the Jews of the previous Covenant, we can only offend our Father by making a mockery of that presentment of this our only offering. Do we walk in faith trusting Him completely with our lives no matter what? By so doing we have a story to tell, or to be told of us even if we walk into death itself for Him as so many are doing in this world today.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NASB
One thing that I need to learn, is that this world is not just. Evil men and women do evil things. There certainly was sufficient evil in Jesus days on earth, but what is so interesting is the fact that He did not confront the evil of the world head on, but His confrontation was with the evils within the faith that was established surrounding His word. Our confrontation today I believe should be the same.
If one today calls themselves a Christian and He or she is a political leader doing what is not consistent with the word; then would not Jesus confront that one as well. Taking a stand for Scriptural truth is our calling if we are following Jesus.
The world until they meet Jesus will care nothing of Scriptures truth. And for the vast majority then it will be too late.