Wednesday Testimony – Dying Well

There are many ways we can give a testimony, from the beginning of salvation to the beginning of eternity with Christ, we tell the world of Gods glory. If you have any experience with Foxes Book of Martyres then you know the power a testimony can have of a believer who dies well.

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John Calvin has became a controversial figure in church history, as you know I like to avoid controversial issues. Ok, jokes aside, if you want soft serve Christian posts you’ve probably landed on the wrong side of the blogosphere. Calvin’s life might have been controversial, but his death is extremely telling.

He wrote in his last will and testament that he did not want a marked grave. His family and friends were shocked when they found out, and still to this day no one knows where Calvin was buried. It’s interesting to note that John Calvin sought fame before becoming saved, he wanted to be well known. Once saved he wanted only to make known the Savior. In his death he made one final effort to point his followers to Christ, and away from his name. 

John-Calvin

We tend to look back at these impressively bearded men of church history in awe and wonder. Calvin’s death should serve as a reminder, as a testimony to where our awe and wonder should be placed. The vessel God uses is not to be the point of our worship, God Himself is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory. He took the heart of stone out of a man and replaced it with a heart of flesh. He used that man to change church history, then He brought that man home to eternal peace in His glorious presence. 

It’s not by Calvin’s might that he died well, but by the grace of God. Wednesday Testimony’s are not to deify man, but to glorify the one who saves man. If we put our faith in man we will consistently be disappointed.

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Place you faith in the God that saves, flee from the wrath to come! If you are unsure of your salvation, if you’ve never worked through it with fear and trembling, I encourage you to do so now. Cry out to God! If you have any questions feel free to ask, or find an elder or pastor in your church to talk to about this. 

As always, my beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

10 thoughts on “Wednesday Testimony – Dying Well”

  1. Thanks, sister! I did not know that Calvin did not want a memorial grave. What a good example! Our flesh seeks the recognition of men. Pride has ruined the testimony of many a Christian. But when we walk closely with the Lord, we seek to glorify Him. Speaking of graves, “Ain’t No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down)” was one of Johnny Cash’s last recorded songs and he sang it with conviction.

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  2. Thank you brother, I’m a big Johnny Cash fan! I appreciate your comment on pride, please if you have a moment pray for me to be humbled. Just the other day in prayer I began to feel pride bubble up over the thought of angels hearing me pray. Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard? A wretch like me speaking the the God of the universe, and feeling pride? Temptation knocks at the door. I feel my sinful pride like clothes covered in vomit…why would I want to wear that? I will be thankful when this world fades away and I’m able to love God how He deserves to be loved, with my whole heart, soul, strength and all my mind.

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    1. Sister, I will pray for both of us regarding prideful hearts! And please pray for me, too! The Lord knows how we struggle with this sin. I’m grateful for the many passages in the Word, which document the pride of the “Great OT Patriarchs” and even Jesus’ disciples, who argued over who was the greatest.

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    1. I wish there was something else to call it, especially since it’s given Calvin a bad name. I can’t imagine anyone learning about his life and treating his memory with any disrespect. The more I learn about him and read his writings the more I love him as a brother and a father in faith.

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