There is something so neat about people sharing their stories with you. It is a way to connect, laugh, and cry with each other on such a deeper level. They can be inspiring. They can be heartbreaking. They can send chills down your spine. But as much as I love listening to them, thinking about sharing mine terrifies me.
I was asked by my small group leader to share my testimony. WHAT. My insides were screaming “no” but I politely responded with a “sure.” My anxiety levels were through the roof.
How do I even share my testimony?
What will people think of me?
Is my story “too much?”
With a troubled and confused heart, I prayed and asked God to show me what to share and how to share it.
Ironically, Passion City Church had sent me a free trial of their new devotional called “Simple Pursuit: A Heart After Jesus.” Two days after I said that prayer, the title of the devotional that day was “Your Honest Testimony.”
How cool is God.
Through this, I was taught a couple of things
- I am not sharing my testimony to reveal all of my deepest darkest secrets.
- My testimony is not “too much.”
- Testimonies are for giving real examples of what being brought from death to life really means.
- They show how radical a life change in Christ can be.
- Our story is not meant to lie dormant.
- Reveal how he breathes life into us e v e r y d a y and how His grace is, was, and always will be enough.
Testimonies are stories of hope and redemption. It is so important to be honest- do not worry about covering ANYTHING up. Speak boldly and be enthusiastically proud of your rebirth in Christ.
He has chosen us for our weaknesses, not our strengths. This magnifies our need for Him. Our stories are meant to be told.
“But Paul and Barnabas didn’t back down. Standing their ground they said, “It was required that God’s Word be spoken first of all to you, the Jews. But seeing that you want no part of it—you’ve made it quite clear that you have no taste or inclination for eternal life—the door is open to all the outsiders. And we’re on our way through it, following orders, doing what God commanded when he said, “I’ve set you up as light to all nations. You’ll proclaim salvation to the four winds and seven seas!” When the non-Jewish outsiders heard this, they could hardly believe their good fortune. All who were marked out for real life put their trust in God—they honored God’s Word by receiving that life. And this Message of salvation spread like wildfire all through the region.” Acts 13:46-48
I encourage you to share your testimony with someone. Ask Christ to give you the courage to share your story of being brought from death to life. If it encourages just ONE person, you are furthering the kingdom of God and that is wondrous.