Your Story: Sharing Your Testimony

young woman with Bible and backpack

I grew up with Christian parents. My mom and dad had joy and peace others didn’t seem to possess.

When I was 8, we went to church and God spoke to my heart through the preacher’s sermon. I wanted what the preacher talked about and my parents had. The next morning, I asked my mom how to become a Christian. She shared I needed to accept I was a sinner and had made bad choices, believe Jesus is the Son of God who died on the Cross for my sins and rose again, and live for Him. At our kitchen table, I agreed with what she said and prayed, asking Jesus into my heart.

Sometimes through the years I have tried to go my own way, but God was always there to forgive and love me. He knows I struggle with impatience and trying to control, but He helps me have victory in His strength.

 

What’s Your Story?

Think of sharing your testimony in these ways:

  • Everyone’s testimony is unique. Every person’s testimony of accepting Christ as his or her Savior and how God has changed his or her life is different. Your story will be unlike anyone else’s, and that is a good thing. This demonstrates Jesus is a personal God. He meets us where we are, draws us to Himself in various ways, and works in our life. He strengthens and equips us to grow and serve Him in a way uniquely chosen for us.
  • God prepares the heart of the recipient. When God leads you to share your testimony with someone, He has already begun working in that person’s life. I told my story to a relative, and she was interested and open to how the Lord had saved me. Christ had already prepared her heart to hear. We have more courage and peace when we remember God goes before us.
  • A testimony contains 3 parts: life before Christ, one’s salvation experience, and life after accepting Christ. If you became a believer at a young age, the part before Christ may be short. Many people may not relate to growing up in a Christian home. If you became a Christian later in life, sharing a few details is helpful, but use discretion. Salvation experiences need to include an admission of sin, a belief that Christ is the Son of God who can save us from sin, and a prayer of commitment. It’s important to share how God has impacted our life since salvation, which hasn’t been an easy road, and God forgives and loves us in spite of ourselves and to His glory.
  • Call for a response. Ask the person if he or she wants to make a decision for Christ. Assure that person of God’s love, forgiveness, and power to change his or her life if that is a concern. Encourage a new believer to share his or her decision with others. Plug new believers into a small group or church to help their faith grow.

 


“[God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).
 


Gail Veale writes in central North Carolina and may be reached at mombeachbum@centurylink.net.

 

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