Who you are and what you believe is actually reflected in your own Testimonial Story. What does your Story say about you and your faith? ♦
I recently had a friend share a short story with me that he’d written. It was a clever and fanciful twist on an old familiar nursery rhyme. I complimented him on his writing effort and commented on how revealing it was of his own personal atheistic worldview.
It was clear as day.
He agreed. It was a launching point for extended discussions about a Biblical worldview vs. other more secular points of view. He is well on his way in a seeking journey. There are many like him in our modern culture who are challenged to believe in Christian/Biblical authenticity.
I welcomed and encouraged his quest.
Nevertheless, it struck me that dark pessimism and hopelessness in life is often intimately tied to one’s own life circumstances, and one’s view of God. Is He even there or not?
But it works the other way around too. Have you ever met someone in sad, difficult, and challenging circumstances yet who emitted nothing but positive love, hope and even charity?
It’s actually what we’re called to do, even in tough times.
And you can hear it in a person’s own story. One’s testimony. Who you are and what you believe is actually reflected in your own Testimonial Story.
What does your story say about you and your faith?
Happy New Year?
Consider your own Year-End Story. How do you look back on this past year? What’s your outlook going into the new year? Are you full of vigor and promise or are you full of fear, anger, anguish, and doubt?
Do you know what the Bible says about a testimonial story? Here’s a few references:
- And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”– Mark 5:19
- And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. – Revelation 12:11
- Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble. – Psalm 107:1-2
- And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – John 5:11
The pattern here is that God did something for us. Our very life is secondary behind the impact of what He’s already done and what He is going to do. All events past, present and future, as well as our perspectives on our past, present and future should be illuminated by the grace, mercy and hope that permeates our Christian/Biblical worldview.
So What is a Worldview?
The late Chuck Colson (ex-President Nixon aide and Watergate defendant turned Christian evangelist), focused on the importance of one’s worldview. Webster’s dictionary defines a worldview as “the way someone thinks about life and the world.”
Colson boiled it down to 4 key questions. A Christian Worldview follows in italics:
- Where did I come from? Created by and in the image of God
- What’s wrong with the world? Humans committed original sin
- Is there a solution? Atonement through Christ’s death and resurrection
- What is my purpose? Doing God’s work and restoring fallen world.
So because I believe in a higher-power (God) who created and wants reconciliation with his beloved creation through insertion into human history (Christ), whose sacrificial death stands as a substitution death for me to live restored with God now and into eternity, I live my life today to follow what God would have me do in the world with the gifts and talents he’s given me.
So What About My Story?
So therefore, my life’s past, present, and future guilt, sin, and brokenness is forgiven and able to be restored. My hope is in what God can do through me for His purpose in this life and joyfully anticipate eternal life even after my own passing. My story is that there is nothing good in this past year that can be over-measured against the blessings of God’s hand on my life. Likewise there is nothing ill in my past or future that can not be seen as blessing as it points to my need for a Savior.
When we weave a past or future story that is laced with gratefulness, kindness, joy, hope, love, faith, understanding, growth, renewal, happiness, forgiveness, peace, courage, transformation, light, and goodness, we are telling a story that reflects a Christian/Biblical worldview.
Anything else belies the doubt, fear, and uncertainty in a worldview or life perspective that does not fully believe or understand the power or revelation of God.
Does your own story reflect a Christian/Biblical worldview?
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. – Philippians 1:27-28