Why Sharing Your Testimony is Powerful
Your Unique Story
Did you know we all have a unique story to tell? No two journeys of one's life is exactly the same. From the time we were conceived up until the present, we ALL have a different footprint along this journey called life.
Sometimes our journey is a treacherous one and sometimes not so much. Regardless of the finite details a story lies for someone else to hear. When we give our lives over to the Lord our stories become our testimonies.
We've all heard them. Testimonies on how God blessed someone financially or restored an ailing body. But very few people testify how they came to Christ. Reason being our personal testimony to salvation is one of the most private stories of our lives.
No one wants to air their dirty laundry about being in the world because we enjoy putting on the ideal Christian garment, so others won't think less of us.
But what if we told the full story of our journey to accepting salvation? What would happen? I'm willing to bet more people would turn to Jesus Christ because of our authentic transparency.
You can watch two of my personal testimonies here:
One of the reasons the world rejects Jesus Christ is the false assumption Christians are self righteous and don't make mistakes and that turns people away. This is part lie from the enemy and part our fault as the Body of Christ for not being honest about our short comings.
Jesus Christ expects us to live a holy, godly life. He was the epitome of perfection found in man and encourages us to follow his ways.
Unfortunately, striving for Godliness while living on this earth involves falling short from time to time. As Christians we must remind non-believers we’ve made mistakes too. We can validate this through honesty in our personal testimony.
Stop pretending we've always had it together. We were not born Christians, we had to become one. So, somewhere in between is a story of struggle, pain, second chances, regrets, and mistakes. Share it!
Sharing is Caring
Why share it? Sometimes for non-believers to step up their faith they have to relate to some aspect of our testimony. The common ground of their current lifestyle and our former can open up doors for conversation then, their acceptance of Jesus Christ.
Self Righteous Christians
When we portray ourselves as having the perfect past it can make a non-believer feel inferior and unworthy of receiving the precious gift of salvation. It's too high of an expectation in a fallen world and it makes us hypocrites because not a single Christian has ever obtained that level of perfection.
I will say for all believers there will be a time when we are made perfect through God, but that's only when our Heavenly Father calls us home. Until then we need His grace and mercy every single day just to make it through.
The Purpose of Testimonies
Testimonies serve a divine purpose. God allows certain events to happen so that those in need of encouragement, hope, faith, understanding or even a shoulder to cry on can hear the testimonies of others who may have gone through something similar.
Believers sharing testimonies with other believers or even with those in the process of walking into their eternal salvation is a beautiful thing. Not only does it remind people that they are not alone, but most importantly, it glorifies all that God is.
Although, there is a time and place to share your testimony don't be ashamed of it. Remember God brought you through and He will use it to glorify His kingdom.
Most importantly, the greatest testimony ever told is the testimony of Jesus Christ,
9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
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