I find in this day and time, people often preach vs testify.
I what do I mean by that??
Glad you asked.
There are many videos, posts, articles you name it about what we should be doing as Christians. And while bringing truth and knowledge is important we fail to show the way. By not addressing the process and the struggle of even getting to where we currently are (as the writer), we often leave people with a sense of judgement, an air of perfection, and a lack of hope.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
-Matthew 5:15 MSG
God calls us to be a light, a city on a hill… That means who you are and the story of your becoming must be visible. By omitting the struggle, we create a false sense of perfection which is not what we are called to do. We are the windows which God’s love, power, and glory shine through. Without any mess, what would He use to make a message?
Take a look at the Bible. Every person had a story. Their process of becoming wasn’t omitted and it’s from that place that they were able to write the wise words and give instructions to the thousands of people who would come behind them.
How effective would their story be if we only knew their end? If we only read the part when “they made it?”
In order to lead, you must travel the road first. And God, through His perfect work in all of ours lives have given us each a story to inspire and yes, challenge others. Ultimately, leading them straight back to Him. ❤️