“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
When you tell others about what God has done for you, you are sharing your testimony. A testimony is when you share the story of how you came to faith and every Christian has one.
The events and paths leading to our stories come in many different forms. Some people have been raised in God’s word, sharing a personal relationship with Him and having seen Him work in their lives. Even though it seems as though you have known Jesus since the beginning of your life, the gospel was shared with you at some point and it made a lasting impression.
Some have had to come to what I call the “rock bottom” moment in life for their hearts to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (This is where many dramatic testimonies come from).
For some people, they are in-between.
Some Christians have dramatic testimonies where they tell of being delivered from a life of drug addiction or crime. Other’s don’t have testimonies that are quite as dramatic – but they are just as significant
Then there are testimonies where people tell how much they have given for Jesus. They say things like, “I gave up this or that for Jesus. I have made such sacrifices for the Lord. I have done it all for Him!” (Greg Laurie).
I have a question, what is wrong with that type of testimony?
It’s the wrong attitude. When you use your testimony in that way you are trying to take the glory from God. Part of your purpose on this earth is the glorify God and when we make it about what we did for Him we are stealing His glory. It is through him that we can do everything.
Your testimony is not about what you do for Jesus.
The testimony you share is a powerful tool in evangelism. You can provide proof for the existence of God, for the Resurrection, etc, but when you get down on a personal level with someone and share the details of what is possibly the deepest emotional relationship you have; amazing things can happen. God can use you and the story of what you have been through to bring people close to Him.
Your testimony can also lift fellow Christians up. Sharing testimonies with one another helps us understand that we are all human and that we all have difficult trials in our lives.
Your testimony serves a unique and divine purpose.
It’s all about what God gave up for you and how a relationship with Him has changed your life; not how you have changed His life. Don’t share what you have done for Jesus. Share what Jesus has done for you.
If God had not sent Jesus and if Jesus had not died on the cross would we have salvation?
No, salvation is a gift from God.
Ephesians 2:8 – “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is a gift from God.”
Jesus is the one who has done the work. It is Jesus whom we are proclaiming.
A good, strong testimony will lift up what Christ has accomplished. The fact of the matter is that all of us were sinners hopelessly separated from God, traveling in the same boat on our way to hell; and the gospel came and transformed us. That is the testimony we all share (Greg Laurie).