As the curtain opens, an individual humbly approaches the podium. This one begins to testify; reporting the astounding details of the mighty moves of God in their life. Often their story consists of insurmountable, seemingly impossible circumstances gripping them so tightly they assume they will never break free. The audience sits silently, spellbound, straining to take in every word. At the end of the speaker’s narrative comes a question that delight’s God’s heart … “Are you ready for a change in your life that is only possible by God reaching into your life to help you?” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
I think most people are blessed by hearing a report of a life changing victory through a move of God in another’s life. But, what if He has changed your life and is now asking you to give an account? Most of us feel miserably inadequate to testify about His wonderful involvement on our behalf. Why is that?
- Do we think no one is interested?
- Do we think no one can relate?
- Do we think our negatives will discredit us?
- Do we not know where to start?
I think all of these contribute to our hesitancy to one degree or another. So, I want to give you an easy formula I found in Completely His – Loving Jesus Without Limits by Shannon Ethridge. I believe this is the simplest, most clear cut of all the “how to’s” I have ever read.
Shannon writes, “Your goal is actually very simple: paint a vivid word picture of the difference Christ has made in your own life.” She simplifies it to the point of:
- List the way your life is now, then
- Tell what your life used to be like, and finally …
- Tell how God’s mighty move on your behalf made the difference
As you contemplate how your life is today because of Jesus’ presence, some of the lowest points of your life before you knew Him, and then how a relationship with Him has made the seemingly impossible difference, you will see your testimony taking shape. Don’t worry that no one will relate. In this big wide world, there is always at least one person who has been through similar circumstances and they are dying (literally, sometimes) for the answer to their pain and misery. You have the answer–God’s loving involvement. You say you haven’t had a sordid past. Then it is just as wonderful a testimony to thank God for His keeping power. No one can argue successfully against a person’s personal experience.
Once you have pulled together your personal testimony, consider offering the opportunity to your listener to ask God to move in his or her life. Are they ready for a change or are they willing to give God control? You might inform them of God’s great love and His desire to be personally acquainted with them. Trust the Holy Spirit to lead you. (John 15:26) He is reliable. (Acts 20:24)
What will your testimony look like in three powerful paragraph’s? Can you spare 30 to 40 minutes to pen your Jesus story? Please post your testimony for us here at The Bottom Line Faith News. Our readers would love the encouragement.