I love hearing testimonies in church. Stories of how God has completely changed a person’s life around.
These stories are such an encouragement, and they really do strengthen my faith. But sometimes it seems churches only want to share the most dramatic stories.Stories of the people who once were drug dealers or suicidal criminals who God dragged from the pits of hell, and wrapped into his arms.From darkness to light; from broken to complete.
While these stories are great sometimes it can make people like me, and I imagine many people reading this, feel as though our stories are not worth sharing.
This is not truth, it’s a lie many have come to believe, and even an excuse many have used.
But we do not need to believe this lie, our stories are worth sharing for so many reasons.
Sharing your testimony acknowledges God as Lord over your life. I would not be where I am today without Jesus. I don’t know where I would be, but I know my weaknesses, the sins I am most often drawn too, so I can sort of begin to imagine. If I do not share my testimony it would be like me saying I could have got to this point on my own.
In sharing your testimony you admiting that you need a saviour. Even if you have a great heritage of faith within your family, you still need saving. Just as much as the worst sinner. No matter how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves. The world needs to hear this. The world needs to hear that no matter how well it looks like they are doing, they need a saviour too.
Sharing your testimony is an act of worship. Your testimony is not about you, it’s about God. When you put God first, you are worshipping him.
Sharing your testimony builds other people’s faith. If you’re from a long line of Christians, it is encouraging for parents to hear that the prayers of your own parents worked. If you have been a Christian since childhood it is so important for others to realise that even children can have real faith, and that God can use them.
Sharing your testimony shows that with God even the ordinary can be miraculous. Even the people who have had a 180 degree turnaround miraculous conversion experience will not live their entire life like that. Sometimes God will feel distant. People need to know that God loves them, even when he feels distant.Having said that, if you ask God, and search your life, I’m sure that you will find hundreds of little miracles.
Sharing your testimony isn’t optional. We are commanded to go and make disciples of all nations. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by sharing our story. Human beings connect so well to stories, and yours and mine can and will make a difference in other people’s faith.
As I have been writing this it has occurred to me that I have never heard a boring testimony. That is because there is no such thing as a boring testimony. Any story of what God has done in a persons life can never be dull. We probably only think it’s dull because it’s our own life, and often that doesn’t seem particularly exciting.
So let go of the lies, let go of the excuses, and share your story with someone today.
If you feel you would like to share your story with a wider group of people and aren’t sure where to start then I would love to encourage you to contact me and share your story here, on Cherry Drop Princess.