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Is That All You Want?

Dear Friend,

I initially had another post scheduled for today, but I needed to get this out.

It's time to update your testimony.

Stay with me.

Now I lllooovvveeee a good story time. Believe me, I do, but I wonder if we've been passing off story time as testimony.

Now hear me out.

Recently, I heard a man of God testify about his 500 credit score but explained that the Lord allowed him to go into a car dealership with no money to purchase a car. At that point, the church went up in praise. He was even dancing.

As I sat listening and watching, I couldn't help but realize how misinformed we've been and how desperate many are for a praise break.

Hear me out.

Underneath the man's "testimony" of a new car was the admittance that:

  1. He had not been a good financial steward,

  2. He had poor credit,

  3. He walked away with a high car note that might set him back

Can you point me to the place where we were supposed to shout? Seriously. I want you to think about this because we've been playing in God's face for wwwaaayyy too long regarding stewardship.

Ultimately, what I heard was NOT a testimony but a story that probably shouldn't have been said publicly. The very nature of testimony suggests that one must pass a test. For instance, God tells you to do something, you do it, and you receive a favorable result. As a result of the positive outcome, you have bragging rights that make you and God look good.

That's testimony.

A real testimony is someone getting up and sharing that God gave them an idea that they immediately moved on and it made them an additional $1k, $5k, or $10k in 30 days.