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I Have a Testimony

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“…I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father sent me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.” (John 5:36)


Today’s scriptures contain some of the words that Jesus spoke to the religious leaders who were beginning to persecute him. They found fault with the works that Jesus had been given to accomplish because many of them felt threatened by Jesus. Jesus claimed authority, and the religious leaders felt He had no right to claim it.

We, too, sometimes put a lot of emphasis on accomplishment and performance. What we choose to do and how we go about it says much about our character. A fellow chaplain recently shared with me a phrase a mentor taught her, “If your motive is right, your action will be right.”

Lent is a time for self-refection, and I am glad for this chance to pause and think about the example or the testimony that I give. Jesus is, of course, the great example we are to follow. His concern was that his work, first and foremost, would demonstrate his close relationship with God.

May each of us draw closer to God as we approach Easter and renew our desire to work and live rightly.


Father, Abba, “Daddy,”

You are a loving, righteous God.

May we honor You with the life You have given us

Through Your beloved Son, Jesus, Amen.


Barbara Tieszen
Pastoral Care, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

EXODUS 32:7-14 • PSALM 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 • JOHN 5:31-47

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