Many Christians of all ages and stages of their growth in Christ feel they have no ‘testimony’ to share about their journey to faith in Christ. “No one wants to hear my story,” they say, “I was no murderer or drug addict. Alcohol did jot have its destructive tentacles around me. I did not come from a broken home, or endure some great trauma or trial. I do not have some great physical handicap or emotional condition which Christ has enabled me to overcome.”
“I was raised by good, godly parents, went to Sunday School and church every week, said my prayers every night and grew to love God more and more. Eventually I came to a point of personal repentance, commitment and public profession of a faith now my own.”
“Who would want to hear a story like that?”
Well let me tell you who would want to hear it: a believer who does have a more dramatic salvation experience but needs to know that even good people need Jesus!… a believer with a similar background to yours and who may be beginning to have doubts that they are even saved because they did not have a dramatic experience!… other ‘good’ people who think their goodness is enough!… Christ Himself! For He has said “If I am lifted up I will draw all men to myself” (John 12:32)* and your testimony, like anyone else’s, lifts up and exalts the Name of Jesus Christ!… you yourself for as you will find, any time you proclaim your own testimony you strengthen your own faith, you stand on the truth and promises of God, and you are strengthened in your own spirit!
Peter tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Pet. 3:15). If God sends someone your way and opens the door of opportunity for you to share your testimony you should most certainly step through it and tell the story that is yours. I believe these moments are God-ordained moments. God brings into your path just that sort of person who needs to hear just that sort of story that is your testimony.
Be confident. Do not be ‘ashamed’ of your testimony because it is not dramatic! Make these words of Paul your own: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom.1:16).
* Though Jesus is speaking here primarily about his crucifixion it is equally true that when we exalt His Name He draws people to Himself.
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