Tes·ti·mo·ny – a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.
“And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.” – Revelation 12:11
Have you ever thought that someone has a ‘stronger’ testimony than you? Have you ever been hesitant to share your story because you don’t think that you’ve had a hard life? That your story isn’t good enough? You think that others won’t be moved?
Shameless as it might sound, I’ve thought that maybe I should do drugs, get involved in sketchy situations, etc., just to be able to have a stronger testimony. I could talk about how the Lord delivered me from those dark times in my life, and he can do the same for others.
I cannot be the only one who has thought this.
Maybe you’re not supposed to have these experiences. Maybe your testimony isn’t meant for the masses, maybe it was meant to touch the heart of one person. Regardless, we have to remember that our testimony is HIS story, not OUR story.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have.” I Peter 3:15
You can read Paul’s testimony in Acts 26. He recounts how he came to know the Lord. In doing so, he lays out a basic outline for sharing our testimony.
Many of us have been entrenched in sin our entire lives. We all come to a realization that this life of sin leaves us unsatisfied. We have deeper needs that only Christ can satisfy. Where were you at that moment?
When you write your testimony, make sure to include the circumstances that caused you to consider Christ as the solution to your deep inner needs. Identify the events that led to your conversion.
Make sure to share how Christ met your deep inner needs. Before, you tried to do this on your own. After accepting Christ, he now meets those needs and has offered eternal life.
We will never truly understand the impact that we have on others. It is not our job to judge our testimony, instead, we should share our story, and trust God to do the rest. We may be the sowers or we may be the reapers. We must trust the Lord when he says, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Go and tell your story.