Recognized by Our Fruit
10/14/21 – 10/27/21
A Positive Testimony
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 10/17/21
How do we live as positive testimonies for Christ? We show our faith through our conduct, living in obedience to Christ, and in the joy that our relationship with our Creator brings us. As we follow Christ each day, we manifest the fruit of the Spirit and radiate our eternal joy.
When we are walking in obedience to Him, He will continuously pour His power into our lives. The world will see the power of the resurrection in us as we are transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ. When His power is fully at work in us, our joy will be infectious, and others will want to know the joy of Jesus, too.
The apostle Paul told the Philippians, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain” (Philippians 2:14-16).
When we are experiencing full joy, we cannot help but let that show outwardly to everyone around us. When we face trials and crises, we can press forward confidently and joyfully, knowing Christ is with us. When we experience great successes, we can rejoice in the blessings that God has given us. Our gratitude and thanksgiving will overflow and show the world we worship a truly amazing and sovereign God.
The world is always watching us. Whether we want to be or not, all Christians are living testimonies who represent Christ to the world.
Prayer: God, I want my life to be a positive testimony for You. I pray that no matter what is going on in my life, I will be a consistent witness to the joy of knowing You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).