Witness through Weakness 透過軟弱做見證
Your witness to the world will come out of your weaknesses, not your strengths.
Many Christians think that the world is impressed by their successes and prosperity. In actuality, the world is not impressed because they see prosperity everywhere. What really impresses non-believers is Christians handling adversity, not prosperity. Your suffering, not your success, gives you credibility. Your faithfulness, not your fame, earns respect.
The apostle Paul used his pain as a witness. He wrote from a prison dungeon in Rome, “I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News” (Philippians 1:12 NLT).
How we handle our failures, defeat, problems, sin, and all the ugly things that happen in our lives is what impresses non-believers. It doesn’t take God’s power to handle the good things in life; anyone can handle good. It takes God’s power to endure suffering and pain. The world doesn’t have a good answer for how to endure. But followers of Christ patiently endure suffering, hardship, and trouble of every kind as it’s a way to bear witness to the Good News of Jesus.
Your deepest ministry will come out of your deepest hurt—and your deepest life message will come out of your deepest pain. In every area of your life where you’ve had pain, you have a testimony. How will you use it to help bring others from despair to fullness of life in Christ?
～ Rev. Jireh Lin 林以勒牧師～