The Continuing Effect Of A Testimony

He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there. — John 10:40-42

So this section serves as a conclusion to this section. It's a pause between the earlier "debate stage" of Jesus's ministry and the future "violent stage." Jesus takes retreats to a place where he can find solitude. It is a location where hostile Jews will leave him alone, but also a place where people can come to hear the good news.

What I find amazing about this moment is that we witness the continued impact of John the Baptist's testimony. His words still hold sway over people's beliefs. Combined with Jesus being present, it results in many people coming to faith.

Yet, we often mistakenly believe that if our testimonies do not produce an immediate effect, we have failed. We hold expectations that sharing our testimony should instantaneously transform the lives of others. Yet, a testimony does not always work that way. Sometimes its impact is realized in the future, gradually unfolding over time.

And do you know what this implies?

It means we need to persist in talking about Jesus. By doing so, we may participate in the future transformation of a wayward spouse, belligerent child, lost friend, or struggling coworker. So, don't give up today. Keep sharing and keep speaking about Jesus. You have no idea when and where Jesus might show up in their life, and your testimony might make all the difference.

ASK THIS:

  1. How does the concept of a testimony having a future effect challenge your expectations of immediate results when sharing your faith? How can this understanding bring encouragement and perseverance in your interactions with others?
  2. Reflect on a time when you witnessed the impact of someone else's testimony unfold gradually over time. How does this experience remind you of the importance of continuing to share your own testimony, even when you may not see immediate results? How can you apply this lesson in your current relationships and interactions?

DO THIS: Tell your testimony about Jesus again and again.

PRAY THIS: God, give me the strength and guidance to faithfully share my testimony, knowing that its impact may extend beyond the present moment and may it touch hearts and lead others to encounter You in their lives.

PLAY THIS: Testimony.

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5 thoughts on “The Continuing Effect Of A Testimony

  1. Kimberly ODonnell says:

    Thank you soooo very much for choosing to be a faithful servant to The Most High God!!!

  2. SHELDON Bullard says:

    The encouragement is that God has his own timing and that he will accomplish what he desires in his time I should just commit to being faithful in telling others about Christ.
    I recall a former pastor who was at one time addicted to drugs how his mother witness to and prayed for him, he some years later went on to become the senior pastor of a large congregation before his death. Brothers persevere.

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