Other People’s Stories

Many times we read stories of miracles in the Bible or hear testimonies from other Christians, and there’s a part of us that may wish (for any of several reasons) we had the firsthand experience of the event.  I felt this way recently, and then I was shown 2 verses:

1. “Later He [Jesus] appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” (Mk. 16:14).  They were rebuked for not believing the testimony of others who saw (even before they saw Him personally).

2. “And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:12).  Though this is speaking about physical resources in this life vs. spiritual resources in the next, the principle is consistent: First, God tests our faithfulness on how we steward things that don’t belong to us; then, He will give us things that belong to us directly.  So here’s the question: Have you been faithful to share the testimonies of God working in the lives of others?  If so, I believe it is only a matter of time before He gives you testimonies of your own.

Finally…

God does not want us to be gullible in believing every story (Prov. 14:15).  Instead, He wants us to receive what we hear and test it out to see if it is so (Acts 17:11; Thes. 5:20-21).  In fact, He says that a great test of truthfulness is whether 2 or 3 independent witnesses corroborate each other.  When that happens, “the testimony…is true” (John 8:17).  So here’s the exciting thing…You want to see Jesus for yourself?  God has given us 4 independent testimonies (Matt, Mark, Luke, John) that corroborate each other.  This is even beyond the 2-3 witnesses He needed to give us (not to mention the testimonies of Him seen prophetically in the O.T., as well as those of the rest of the N.T.).  The testimony is true (John 8:17).  Start by receiving, cherishing, and sharing those.  Then, see if He doesn’t start giving you stories of your own…See if He doesn’t still live and work, just exactly as He did then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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