Monday, June 11, 2012

Title or Testimony?

Last week I was privileged to hear Dr Tony Campolo, who was a guest speaker at our United Methodist Annual Conference. His entire talk was inspirational, but it was his final thought that challenged and intrigued me. 

He asked the question: what do you want to be remembered for...your title or your testimony?

He drew our attention to several Bible characters who carried a title, and contrasted them others, who carried a testimony.

Pharaoh, the cruel ruler of Egypt, who enslaved the Israelites, had the title... but Moses, who led them from captivity, had the testimony.

King Darius, who threw Daniel into the pit of lions, had the title...but Daniel, who was delivered from the ordeal, had the testimony.

Queen Jezebel, who used her position to persecute the prophets of God, had the title..but Elijah, who defeated the prophets of Baal, had the testimony.

What is your title?
Is it Christian Education Director?
Is it Pastor of Children and Families?
Is it Sunday School Superintendent?

My title is West Michigan Conference Coordinator of Children's Ministry. It's a long title, and one that is a privilege to carry, but it means nothing if I don't leave a testimony.

What do you want to be remembered for...your title, or your testimony?

Read Tony's blog: Red Letter Christians


  1. Great thought...I definately want to be remembered for my testimony, for the power of God in my life. I stand as a living, breathing testimony of Him! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you sentiments too!