Daily Devotional – 10/2/12 “When your witnessing is whack!”
You didn’t think this was possible? Oh, well let me check you boo. Every time you’re boasting about your sinful living, your witnessing is whack! Every time you brag about whose spouse you slept with, your witnessing is whack! Every time you find joy in other folks pain, your witnessing is whack! And when you find it cool to be rude, your witnessing is whack! Yea, everybody sins, at some point in time but you don’t have to tell it like you’re spreading the evening news. The bible says in 1 Peter 3:15, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” Yet, how can you tell someone how good God is if your mouth is always filled with gossip? How can you honestly show folks the God in you if all they see if your butt from the too little skirt/shorts you have on? How can folks honestly take your witnessing serious if you never do? I mean, really? See, Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Now, I don’t mean your faith at this moment but I am talking about the faith of someone who is unsure about their walk with God. Let me explain. If there is a person whose faith is wavering right next to you and they over hear you talking, boasting, bragging about your sins why would they need to come to God if they think you’re still being blessed while still doing what the world is doing? They don’t understand that the blessings you’re receiving aren’t coming from God because they haven’t realized the devil can bless too. All they see is you and you seem to be just fine walking on God’s side while living in the world, so they automatically assume that this is the way to be. They don’t over hear you talking about Sunday’s message only Saturday’s mess. They don’t hear you discussing Monday night’s Bible Study Notes because all they hear about is the high notes you hit while you were with Jimmy or Sue. Don’t you see the problem here?
Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” It is our responsibility, as Christians, to be witnesses to others who’ve never accepted Christ, who may have had a set back and slipped back into the world or one whose in church and wrestling with the devil because our witness may be their deciding factor. Yet, you don’t even notice that your mouth is running like an old refrigerator and scaring off that shaky sinner. You’re like the seed that is discussed in Mark 4:18-19 which says, “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” You’re this type of seed because you allow worldly mess and sinful stuff to choke the word that’s in you which then keeps you from sharing it with others. Baby, no one will ever believe your witness if all you’ve ever showed them is your waywardness. Do you actually think you’re a worthy witness just because you sit at your desk humming a gospel song 10 minutes after you told me about the lunch date you had with your boyfriend and you’re both married? Oh, you’re a worthy witness because you were the one to shout at church on Sunday after you bragged about how drunk you were on Saturday night to your choir members. Oh, I got it; you’re a worthy witness because you can recite a few scriptures by memory and can easily find the books of the bible but weren’t you the same one boasting about the time you spent with Rev. No Good from Headed Straight to Hell Baptist Church? Child, stop it because you know as well as I do that your witnessing is whack!
2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” But you can’t do this when you’re doing, going and talking wrong most of the time. Again, I am not perfect but I am striving to be better than I was on yesterday. Do I always say the right thing, all the time, NO, but I’m pushing myself to be better, every day. I have faults and in order to change them, I have to first admit them. I cannot honestly witness to you if every other word out of my mouth is a curse word. No, I’m not saying that I curse like a sailor but it’s still something I have to work on because, again, I’m not perfect for Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All I am saying is govern your tongue because you never know whose listening and if you carry yourself in a Godly way then your mouth, as well as your heart, has to match. You don’t have to do as the world does because you can be different. You don’t have to follow in the footsteps of those before you because you can break the generational curse. And you don’t have to change your testimony simple because the devil has you on the stand and he seems to be winning because James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” Love God so that you can love yourself at which point you can be a worthy witness who’s witnessing won’t be whack!