No other person on Earth knows your story better than you do. Sharing your testimony with others can be a powerful and important way to tell God thank you for all he has done. The Bible says in Isaiah 12:4, “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the world about his wondrous love and how mighty he is!”
I have shared my personal testimony with many people. My personal testimony of faith isn’t really much about what I would call the “ah ha” moment.
As I have said off and on in my life, I wasn’t raised in a church-going family, and for the most part they weren’t Christians.
What I would like to discuss is why it is important for us to share our personal testimony.
When we share our testimony it is about what we have experienced. It’s important share our experiences with God. I actually believe it is mandatory to witness to others. As Christians we need to come forward and talk about what God has and is doing in our lives. Friends, families, neighbors and strangers will begin to believe that God is real, prayers get answered and miracles happen. When we share the Gospel and our testimony it will inspire others to seek God.
Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” When we share our testimony we are to be a witness to Jesus Christ. By witnessing to Jesus Christ we are communicating the things that we have seen and experienced in our lives.
When we share our testimony with others we are helping others that may be going through the same things we have gone through both good and bad. I can’t even begin to count how many testimonies I have heard that have been beneficial in my life. There are situations and experiences in our lives that may be causing anger, despair and they eat aways at your insides.
A good friend of mine has been going through some pretty rough patches in her life. If she were to allow these feelings to take over, it has the possibility of making everyday miserable and makes each day hard to get through. While I observe these moments in her life and how debilitating they are, I also see her love for Christ. At the end of the day, she gives it to God and that is something each of us should be doing.
I believe Christians have an obligation to share what God is doing in our lives. We each have our own unique experiences with Him and I would think that because of our experiences with Jesus. We each have the ability to reach people who can relate to what we have or are going through. Jesus has a plan and purpose for each of us. Even if you are afraid to say what Jesus has done in your life, He will guide each person specifically in every part of your testimony.
There are those who claim to be Christian and yet they feel empty inside. As I talk to various people about my experiences they are shocked that I feel the way I do and I still put my faith in Christ. For me, there is no other way. Jesus is the ONLY way. I find it very sad that people are loosing their faith. I wish churches had a time in their services where people would share what God is doing in their life or share their personal testimony. I wonder if churches had a time of sharing if people would do it. I’m not the kind of person who likes to stand front and center when I share my testimony. I use blogging and one on one interactions.
There use to be a ladies get together called, “Tender Touch.” The ladies who started this were able to offer something to the ladies that helped renew their faith. One part of the program was where someone would share their testimony with the ladies. Usually there was someone in the crowd that needed to hear that message. I wish we still had this. I would love to get something like that back at my church.
It is our responsibility to share the good news that Jesus Christ paid for their sins, and conquered death for us through rising from the dead. Once a person believes that Jesus Christ is the son of God then His people should go on to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, and then testify to others what God has done for them.
The Bible says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the people’s!” (1 Chronicles 16:8).
You also give them a glimpse into God’s will for their lives. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). God’s will for our lives is to show gratitude in all circumstances. I have a bit of a hard time doing this, but it is something we are instructed to do. Begin thankful doesn’t happen just on Thanksgiving and it isn’t about a national holiday.
Take a few moments to thinking about the following questions and share your answers;
- What has God done in your life that you need to share with others who are struggling through difficult circumstances?
- How has someone else’s story inspired or impacted you?