Years ago, when giving my testimony, I would present myself as the good girl. I was the girl who grew a preacher's daughter and never got into serious trouble. I prided myself on not having a life-changing testimony.
I'm not the only one. I've heard countless similar testimonies during women's small groups and Bible studies.
What I didn't share in my testimony back then was that while I had a good girl image, I had bad girl thoughts. I had private sins. I also had acceptable sins...gossip, white lies, among others.
When we present ourselves as having always been good, what good is our testimony? We may as well say that we don't really need Christ. We may as well say His sacrifice was in vain.
The Bible says No one is good except God alone (Luke 18:19).
We may appear good. Our sinful thoughts may never have been exposed. Our acceptable sins may not seem so bad. But, the truth is, we all sin. And to give a testimony in which we say that we are good and our lives haven't changed all that much...well, maybe we should just sit and be silent.
If we can't give the hope of a changed life to a lost world, what good is our testimony? No, our lives on the outside may not look all that different, but certainly when we realize that even our good deeds are as filthy rags, we will experience a heart change. And that's something to talk about!
Good girls, are you really all that good?