Giving a Testimony
I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day… Acts 26:2
A man named Don was faithful in every testimony service to stand up and say “I thank Jesus for my salvation.” I do not remember a time when Don would not say something good about Jesus when given the opportunity. His testimony encouraged several preachers I know to serve the Lord in ministry. Perhaps you enjoy hearing people give their salvation story. Sometimes church services are blessed when people rise and vocalize what God is doing in their lives.
A Testimony is evidence given in court from an eyewitness accounting details of a case. It is proof that supports a claim or a fact.
A Christian Testimony is when we are telling others what God has done for and in our lives. It is giving evidence that God is working in our life. What can you say about God in your personal testimony?
Concerning testimonies John Stott wrote: “So much so-called “testimony” today is really autobiography and even sometimes thinly disguised self-advertisement, that we need to regain a proper biblical perspective. All true testimony is testimony to Jesus Christ, as he stands on trial before the world.”
What does your testimony say about Jesus? Testimony is more than reputation. Reputation has to do with how you are known to other people. Testimony has to do with how you live and what you say about God to other people.
Here are 4 ideas to help you share your Christian testimony.
Talk about Jesus with Appropriate Answers. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Perhaps an entire life story is needed to be told to let others see Jesus in you, but generally, the most meaningful parts of what God has done in your life is all that is needed.
Essentially what you are saying with a salvation testimony is: “This is what God did for me. Jesus saved me.” In a service testimony, you are conveying: “This is how the Lord answered prayer. He can help you too.” Or “The Lord helped and enabled me.”
Give Insight with Considerate Conversation. Colossians 4:6 teaches, Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Be careful not to pour salt on somebodies wounds. Others who hear your testimony may be grief stricken about sin or a circumstance. Be careful to consider their thoughts.
Others are in the middle of a similar lifestyle you used to live. As you speak, they may be battling the same depression, drunkenness, or abuse that you endured. Great details of sin need not be given. When the apostle Paul gave his testimony, he did not include the gruesome details of Stephens death, or of the families that he tore apart. Paul spoke in general terms. We must avoid magnifying the depth of sin. Exalt the forgiveness of God.
Show Thoughtfulness With Godly Preparation. Proverbs 16:1 instructs: The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
You may have witnessed a similar story: “It was testimony night in the church. A lady got up and said, “We are living in a wicked land where sin is on every hand. I have had a terrible fight with the old devil all week.” Where upon her husband, who was sitting glumly by her side said, “It’s not all my fault either; she’s tough to get along with.””
It is a good idea to ask the Lord to help you prepare your testimony beforehand. Not every occasion for verbalizing a testimony will be formal, but for those formal settings, you should be prepared with what you will say. Let God help you prepare ahead of time. Of course, He can give you the words before and even during the testimony.
Think about your story of God working in your life. Know how to tell His story in your life. Rehearse the story. The more you tell it– the easier it is for you to recognize you are blessed and it is easier to tell others.
Many Christians who battle depression are simply not “practiced up” at telling others about God working in their lives. Be rehearsing what God has done. It will help you in many ways.
Be Happy Using Joyful Expression. Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! Giving a testimony, the right way and the right time is a wonderful thing. Recalling forgiveness of sin, victory in Jesus, and the power of the Gospel is terrific. Remembering our future with Jesus is inspirational!
Smile, have your eyes open; speak confidently and joyfully about the Lord Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to help you have the joy of the Lord evident in your testimony.
With these testimony ideas in mind, I encourage you to rehearse your salvation testimony this week, and then relate the testimony to someone soon.