When I began my walk with Christ I realized that conversations with Christians were filled with clever catch phrases—phrases that would make an audience cheer. While exciting verbiage is great for a Twitter feed, it is worth little if it doesn’t convert to application.
For example, we often hear that “your test becomes your testimony”. That may be true but it’s not a guaranteed truth. The test becomes a testimony when we come through to the other side and the situation reflects God’s glory. If we become stuck in test-mode because of our flesh (i.e. attitude, resistance to the Spirit, disobedience, carnal living, unforgiveness, etc.) then we may never reach the “promised” testimony.
Don’t get me wrong…I am not against “catch phrases”. Sometimes these phrases help keep messages at the forefront of our minds; they can also help us recall truths when needed. I’m simply cautioning us not to allow it to become religious jargon. Since we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16), we need to be examples of the power that comes from a relationship with Christ.
If we mute truths down to mere melodic phrases, then we run the risk of missing key components of who we are in Christ, who He is and the authority that He has given us.
The good news is, the Christian walk is a process. The more we surrender to the Holy Spirit’s leading, the closer our walk will be. The closer our walk, the more He refines us. The more we are refined—the removal of impurities — the more testimonies we can celebrate.
So, when you say “God is good all the time and all the time God is good!”, remember all His displays of goodness as you say it! 🙂
- Galatians 5:19-26
- Matthew 5:14-16
- 2 Timothy 3:1-5