My blog posts for the past two weeks have focused on this question: “What Are God’s Purposes in the Challenges He Allows Us to Face?” Let me add one more insight into this mature way of accepting difficult challenges.
In a men’s group this morning, one of the guys dropped the one-liner you see as a title of this midweek encouragement. He said, “A test is essential to our testimony for Christ.”
Immediately, I jotted down what he said. Before my pen stopped moving, the Lord had put this Scripture in my mind:
Revelation 12:10-12. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12 “For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them.
In that day when the full expression and reality of the Kingdom of Christ has come, one key to rejoicing in heaven will be the testimony of God’s saints to the saving power of the blood of Jesus.
These testimonies will come, not only from “tribulation saints” who are martyred, but from the “great cloud of witnesses” in the Old Testament described in Hebrews 11. And it will include you and me, who see God’s lovingkindness as better than life” (Psalm 63:3)
By far the greatest testimony in heaven is and will be about our Savior, Jesus Christ. John’s commission to write the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, starts his prophetic writing this way:
Revelation 1:1-2. 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
Jesus was tested, too. Let’s let that sink in to our hearts as we come to embrace the testing underway in our own lives right now. Christ was tested all His earthly life, culminating the ultimate test – death on the cross. He committed His Spirit into the hands of His Father. And then . . .
Jesus passed His test!
Jesus testimony will dominate the praises in heaven forever! And your testimony will center in Him. He allows challenges – tests – to come into our lives now to give us the opportunity to have a glorious testimony then.
So, be encouraged! The present “test” will lead to a powerful “testimony.” Sing this in your heart with me:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ.
One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase.
So, bravely run the race till we see Christ.