Your testimony is your unique story about how a relationship with God has changed your life. Testimonies are personal; there are no two alike. But they all have one thing in common. Jesus!
If you are like a lot of people, you probably feel hesitant to share the “bad”, the “ugly,” or the “shameful” things that you have done or that were done to you.
But here are a few reasons why it is important to have a testimony ready so that you can share yours with someone who may need to hear it at that very moment. God asks us to share our story to help bring others to a place of repentance, to help them see that there is hope for a new life, and for encouragement during times of adversity. It is not our job to persuade, coerce, or guilt someone into accepting Christ. We are only asked to share our story.
Did you know your testimony is the key that can unlock the door to someone who is in prison? People who are imprisoned by shame and chained down by the effects of sin such as unforgiveness, doubt, pride, lust, anger, bitterness, sadness, and grief need the key only you can provide. Timothy 1:8 reminds us that we should not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord. That means that our personal story of how God saved us is very important to God and something we should not be ashamed to share – especially the bad stuff!
Become an Overcomer
Revelation 12:11 says that people overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony! Not only do people need to hear that Jesus died for them to redeem them from sin and from the power of the enemy but they need to hear your testimony so they can become an overcomer! An overcomer is someone who has conquered and prevailed and that is only possible when God becomes Lord of our lives. If you don’t share your testimony, you rob people of the chance to become overcomers!
Short and Sweet
Don’t over-think your testimony, but have a short one ready to share. It can be just a few minutes long. Start with your life before you had a relationship with God and share a few of the hardships or challenges you faced. Then share how your life has changed or how you have learned to seek God in times of trouble. Think about how He has helped you, guided you, or changed your heart toward others. When you share your testimony, you plant a seed. You may be called to help nurture that seed, or God may call others to do that work. It is up to the person who hears your testimony to accept Christ for themselves.
Did you Know?
The bible includes quite a few scriptures on the importance of our testimonies. You can be assured that if God asks you to do something, it is important to Him!
Mark 5:19 “Go home to your family and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”
Daniel 4:2 “I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.”
1 John 5:10 “The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him.”
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever shall confess me before man, I will confess also before my Father in Heaven.”
Titus 3:3-7 Daily Reading
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.