Knowing His Story in You and How to Tell It
All Christians are called to share their faith with others. We are called to be faithful witnesses of what Jesus has done, what Jesus is doing. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are part of His story of redemption for all the world to see and hear. Sharing our testimony is simply sharing our part of His story. It isn’t about having all the answers or preaching a sermon, it is telling what we know, what we have experienced, and the hope we have in Jesus.
Here are a few tips to help you share your testimony. I hope that this will encourage you in sharing the greatest story you have ever been part of, the story of your new life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Keep it simple – The Gospel is good news. Your relationship with Jesus is good news. While you were lost in sin, Jesus died for you.
- Keep it personal – Your testimony isn’t an attempt to explain great doctrines of the faith. It is about your life and experiences. Jesus died for you, and He saved you, and He changed you. Now you have a life full of purpose.
- Keep it conversational – Sharing our lives with others is part of normal conversation. It is part of normal relationships. We share good news with people all of the time. What better news can we share than I once was dead but now I am alive?
- Keep it brief – Be able to share His story in you in just a couple of minutes. People will ask if they want to hear more.
Practicing your Testimony – 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
Part of being prepared is practicing. We do this by sharing our testimony with other believers. We prepare by familiarizing ourselves with the story of our redemption. There are three parts to every testimony: The before, the conversion, and the after.
The Before: This is about you before you met Jesus. Did you grow up in the church? Did you ever go to church? Did you believe in a god or gods, or were you an atheist or agnostic? What where your struggles? What were your sins?
The Conversion: How did you come to know Jesus? Was there this grand moment where Christ revealed Himself to you? Did you go through a process of God showing Himself to you in various ways until one day you said yes to Him? Where were you? What happened? How did you feel? God is a personal God and His story with you is a personal story.
The After: This is sharing what has changed as a result. What have you seen Jesus do in your life? What have you seen Jesus do through your life? What struggles has Christ overcome for you, in you, or through you? What is Jesus doing in your life now?
A couple examples: These are examples of how different people could share their testimony.
Blind Man from John 9: I was born blind. I couldn’t see and people often wondered whose sin had caused my blindness, mine or my parents. I spent my days begging for change to help provide in my home. One day, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So, I went and washed, and then I could see.” (vs 11) After this the religious leaders threw me out of the temple, but I find acceptance in Jesus.
Peter: I was a follower of the rabbi, Jesus, I knew Him and had seen Him do many great and miraculous things. But when they came for Him, I was afraid for my own life. The way he was being beaten and mocked frightened me to my core. They asked if I knew Him and I told them, “no.” I repeatedly denied that I knew who Jesus was and when he died, I was filled with guilt and shame. Then one day while I was fishing, Jesus, who had conquered the grave, called to me from shore and asked me if I loved Him. With each “yes” he charged me to care for His people, to lead them. As a result, I have given my life to His service and in his name have seen thousands reconciled to God.
Paul: I was a well-educated man, fully Jew and a citizen of Rome. I had the best training under one of the greatest rabbis and had made it into the strictest order of Judaism. I was a pharisee. As a pharisee, I was zealous to serve my God and when the followers of Jesus started going around saying, “Jesus has risen from the dead” I knew they had to be stopped. I oversaw the first death of these Jesus followers, the followers of the Way. I even got letters from the high priest and began to go to homes and to different towns arresting them. One day on my way to Damascus, a light appeared around me and I was struck blind. At the same time, I heard a voice that asked why I was persecuting Him, but I didn’t know who it was. I asked, “Who are you Lord?” He told me it was Jesus. He told me to go to Damascus and one of His followers’ named Ananias would come and restore my sight. Since that day I have went from town to town proclaiming the Name of Jesus for I once was blind but now I see.
An old friend of mine (Steve): I don’t remember ever not knowing about God. I grew up in the church. When I was seven, I realized that I was guilty of sin and needed a savior. One day I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and He did. Over the next few years I struggled to live as a follower of Jesus and found myself as a teenager in the mid-70s. Free-love and drug use was the call of my generation but during this time Jesus kept me safe. I was surrounded by godly people who encouraged me toward righteousness. As my peers started sleeping around, God kept me pure. As my peers started getting high Jesus gave me the strength to resist. I saw lives around me fall into ruin, but my life stood on a solid rock. I was later married; I have children and grandchildren and have seen generations in my family follow Christ.
Pastor Brad: I grew up in a broken home as the youngest child and always felt like I was a burden on everyone. From a young age I remember drugs and alcohol being a normal part of my family. I struggled with depression; I felt unloved, unwanted, and useless. I first tried to take my life in fourth grade and made five more attempts after that. I hated my life and sought after anything that would give me even a moment of escape. Sex, drugs, and violence became a part of my life. When I was 17 my sister invited me to go to church with her. While there I heard the message of this Jesus, who came and died for me. During that message something in me changed, I wept for my sinfulness, my shame, my guilt. That day I met Jesus. He took my sins away. Over the next few years, I fought His work in my life. I got married, I became a father, and even though I was living in rebellion Jesus wouldn’t let go. Then at 20 years old I finally surrendered. Now Jesus uses me and my story as a testimony to the power of the Gospel.
Take a few minutes to think about your relationship with Christ.
His Story in You:
Once you have your testimony find some brothers and sisters in Christ and share what God has done and after a little practice share it with a non-believer. Testify to the things you have seen and heard.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:8
“I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.” ~ Isaiah 43:12