Reading Time: 8 minutesCome and Go
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Mat 11:28)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
This coming and going as alluded to in Scripture is the key component of not just “surviving” during the end times; but THRIVING during the very hard times that the Jesus, in the Bible tells us is coming:
“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.” (Rev 3:10, NIV).
Jesus IS The Cornerstone of His Church, (1 Pet 2:6, Zec 10:4). What does Jesus expect of His people during the end times? Contrary to the popular “time of trouble” mantras that are out there, and contrary to the “warning message” mumbo-jumbo, Jesus say that nothing else even comes close to a Powerful, Winning, Personal Testimony. Such a testimony about our personal experience with Jesus, is in fact, going to be the only thing that gets us through such terrible times:
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Rev 12:10-11, NIV).
Many people who are church-attending Christians seem to dote on other stories, from a variety of sources, to “give a testimony,” but that isn’t “our” personal testimony. The Apostle puts it this way:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3, NIV)
Don’t tell us about a distant experience that “some other guy/gal” has had. Tell the people about YOU and Jesus. I wrote the following, short poem to describe this “coming and going. We come to the cross, Jesus is allowed in, we open the door, (Rev 3:20). I wonder. Do we “go out” of that same “door” that we just opened to Jesus when He knocked? (“come” Mat 11:28, “go” Mark 16:15).
Come and Go
by David T Battler
(all rights reserved, worldwide)
The narrow way is testimony of Jesus
that my belief will widen my views
note what He has done; who He is to me
truly be to others the really good news
Jesus raised me up when I was weak
to so much more than I could ever be
I know that God did lift and seek
and made me strong; a Saviour to me
Love from Light of the middle cross
with Loud Voice, we go tell the world
not about how much is our biggest loss
Sharing the love of our Christ unfurled
The Power Of Personal Testimony In the End Times
“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalms 126:3)
The Bible says that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8). And that “Love never fails.” (1 Cor 13:8). Therefore, God [Love} is the greatest power in existence. Nothing anywhere, ever, could possibly match this amazing power of Love. The greatest way that Love can participate in soul-winning; and accomplish God’s work, is through your own, personal testimony. Taken from your own, personal, daily life experiences with Jesus. Why is this? because you may be the only “Bible” that some people will ever see. Its that important.
The early Christians had turned the world upside down, literally, and it was all because of the force and power of their own, personal testimony. Their basic testament was always: “This Jesus, which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you…” (1 John 1:3). This is something that one could only say, with a confidence borne of a real-life experience with Jesus. Proving His promises. Telling people your personal experience with Him. (1 John 1:1-3)
“Through continual communion, He (meaning Jesus), received life from God, that He might impart life to the world. His experience is to be our’s. If today we wold take time to go to Jesus just as we are, and to tell Him our deepest needs; we will not be disappointed. Jesus would be at our right hand to help us…Everyone has to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct, The Voice of God. He bids us: “Be still and know I am God…” (Psalms 46:10). Here alone can true rest be found. And this is the most effectual preparation for all who would labour under God. Amid the hurrying throngs, in the middle of life’s intense activities, the soul that is thus refreshed, will be surrounded by an atmosphere of light and peace. The personal life will breathe out fragrance, and will reveal a divine power, that will reach people’s hearts who are open, and searching. In other words, a winning personal testimony is the best witness for Christ. (see DA, pg 362-363).
During the days of the NT Christians an entire city was stirred up by the winning testimony of just one man to whom Jesus had said: “Go home, to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you.” (Luke 8:39) And the text continues, informing us on how that man went about the entire city, telling everyone how much God had done for him. (see Mark 8:39, last part). Jesus had left the man there with a powerful, winning testimony; and just a short time later, when he returned, the city was waiting for Him, and they welcomed Him. (Luke 8:40). So amazing, and so transforming had been the experience of this man that Jesus ministered to; that now, all the people of the entire city were not only ready to listen to what Jesus had to say; but they now, truly believed, that Jesus was verily, The Son of God foretold to them in Bible prophecy.
Yes, next to The Word of God itself, a true soul-winner’s testimony is the most powerful tool available for the work of evangelism. (Mat 28:18-29, Rev 12:11). Could this be the reason we are not yet really at liberty to say that the gospel has already reached most of the world “because of technology?” What the world is largely NOT seeing now from the church, is genuine personal testimony and/or experience with Christ. And this always results in people not seeing Jesus in His own people. We all know someone who won’t go to church because of this.
On another occasion, the woman of Samaria led an entire city to Christ! The Scriptures tell us how that many people who first believed on Him “because of her testimony.” (John 4:39). A number of other examples in Scripture also tell us of Christian witnessing by personal testimony, and that we can find in both Old Testament or New Testament passages.
Your personal testimony: telling people who Jesus is to you; and what Jesus has done in your life, can become a tool of mighty, evangelistic conquest. (Rev 12:10-11). In this way, the good news of salvation is always communicated from person to person; through the warm hearts and the joyous lips of praise, from loving and lovable Christians who have a heart for God. This is Jesus’ personally chosen method of spreading the gospel:
“Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Before you prepare your personal testimony, you will find it very helpful to read The Apostle Paul’s own, personal testimony, as recorded in Acts 22. Search for the following three, major elements:
1/ My life before I became a Christian
2/ How I became a Christian
3/ What Jesus Christ means to me, and Who He is in my life now
Jesus knows that personal contact is the real secret of soul-winning. In Mark 5:19 Jesus says, in effect, “Go to your friends and watch for an opportunity to share your testimony.”
Now, this episode in the ministry of Jesus is very significant to us because it reveals the natural tendency of the new convert. He had a desire to stay with Jesus, and to learn more. Jesus’ response indicates that our Master Teacher has never, at any time, advocated any kind of learning which would have been separate from our actual practice or personal experience.
“The restored demoniacs had met Jesus personally. They had a literal testimony. Jesus had told them to share it. “They could tell what they knew, what they themselves had seen, and heard, and felt of The Power of Christ. This is what everyone can do whose heart has been touched by the grace of God.” (DA pg 340).
A brief moment of reflection would reveal how that every person who has really met Jesus and conversed with Him, and has sincerely received Him as both Lord and Saviour, will also have a powerful, personal testimony. They can testify: “I needed help and I found it in Jesus.” “Every want was supplied; the hunger of my soul was satisfied, and now, the Bible is to me; the revelation of Jesus Christ, the Voice of God to my soul.” “Do you ask: Why I believe in Jesus? Because He is to me a divine Savior.” “Why do I believe in the Bible? Because I have found it to be The Voice of God to my soul.” (SC pg 112).
Years ago, I had a job that involved driving up and down all the dark alleys in a major city at night, on the graveyard shift. I encountered a shocking number of street people. people, who just a few years/months before, were “ordinary” people like you and me. But now they were living on the streets, and sleeping outside in minus 25 degree Celsius weather. I got to the point where I knew where and when many of these people would be. So I would make sure I had something in the truck that I knew they would need to help them survive another night out there. One night I had run out of supplies to give out. The only gloves I had were the ones I was wearing on my own hands. And it was minus 25 degrees Celsius that night! I really needed them to do my work. I was in the middle of doing this work when one of my friends from the street came up to me and he was crying. Holding up his red, cold, cracked, bleeding hands, he cried: “please, have you got any gloves for me? Its so cold.”
At that moment, I decided and told him
“Im really sorry. I only have these gloves on my hands and I have to have them to do my work tonight.”
I didn’t think much of the incident, and went on to my next stop. While I was picking up that bin, a great wave seemed to wash over me. I felt these horrible pains of guilt. I kept thinking of that poor man with no gloves. I ended up backing down the alley again to where he was. When I found him, he was standing by a heating duct, trying to get warmed up, even just a little bit. I gave him my only gloves, and he started to cry. We embraced for a long moment, and then he stepped away from me a few feet, and started giving me “the sign of the cross,” and crying. In between sobs, he kept saying “thank you so much.”
Now, the partner I had with me that night stood to the side and watched all this. As we were driving on to the next stop; my partner just kept saying: “Wow. That was Jesus!”
I wonder, how many times have people said that about us as we walked out of the room, or as they went home from whatever church we attend?
Coming up next week: More on The Power Of A Winning Testimony During End Times. (Come and Go: Part 2).
Also coming up for next week, a prayer request page on our web site, and a forum where people can go to ask questions, or to give their own, personal testimony to encourage others.