With God As My Witness

Michael Beck

“Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:10)

What we say and do before others will either bolster or discredit our testimony. How often is it whispered: “And he calls himself a Christian.” Paul told his son in the faith to “be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12)

How we behave declares who we are. “For every tree is known by his own fruit.” (Luke 6:44) Good trees bring forth good fruit. (Matt. 7:17) The world tells its children to proudly “be who they are.” This is a day to find and display what one considers their identity. How important is it to us as believers to declare who we are? Does our walk align with our talk?

Our witness before men begins with our witness before God. Those who live holy, just, and blameless lives before God never have to fear damaging their testimony before men. Paul was a great evangelist and theologian, but all his attempts to win men to Christ would have gone down the drain if his behavior had contradicted his stated beliefs.

The world around us needs bright and shining witnesses. But we cannot be something before men that we are not before God. The first step in being an effective witness is not learning apologetical skills; it is learning to walk in the fear of the Lord. Be conscious at all times of His presence. He sees. He hears. He witnesses the deepest thoughts of our heart. And if we are pure in His sight, we cannot be otherwise in the eyes of anyone else.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.