Luke 23: 39 – 43
Testimony may refer to a specific event in a Christian’s life in which God did something deemed particularly worth sharing. It means to give an account of our experiences in Christ Jesus, and to express our gratitude for His goodness unto us. We have different daily testimony of His protection, guidance, provisions and uncountable deeds.
Additionally, a testimony refers to the evidence given in support of a fact or statement. This meaning applies to the accounts given about an individual while alive and after death, either as a believer or an unbeliever. It is common to find different individuals giving testimony about someone who just died. The testimony given after the death although vital may not completely reflect the life of the person that just passed on. It is possible for a person who was called a Christian by those around him/her to end up having the testimony of an unbeliever after death when certain hidden things are discovered.
For Heaven to affirm testimony that we have after death, we must have had a true relationship with Christ Jesus while alive and a real connection with the redemptive power of His blood. These gives us the great privilege of living with Him eternally. Of the two thieves on the Cross, one keyed into this great opportunity of having a relationship with Christ while still alive and had a testimony of Paradise promised and gained, while the other missed the great opportunity of living eternally with Christ (Luke 23:39-43).
Dear reader, after death what will be the testimony about you? Will the fold of Christ and the angels rejoice that another saint (son or daughter) has come home gloriously or will heaven weep bitterly that another soul is lost in eternal perdition (hell)? Beloved, will you have that hope of divine resurrection with Jesus after death? Will your family members truly rejoice that you have gone to be with the Lord? Will they have the hope of seeing you again or will they be nursing the fear that you have gone into eternal damnation after you leave this vain world?
It is important to note that despite the fact that we desire to have men give a good testimony about us while here on earth and after we die, we should not forget to note that the record Heaven has, and the testimony Heaven gives about us is the most important. Our lives should reflect Christ, preach salvation to unbelievers and win them to the Lord, “this will be the greatest testimony” and a great gain to heaven, affording us great rewards.
May the Lord grant us the grace to live right and to run the race that is set before us to the end, so that our lives will be a testimony to the glory of Christ Jesus. Amen.