Do you like to hear a good story? I do! I especially love listening to an older person share their stories of life long ago. It never fails, they always have some captivating hook or draw and I’ll sit on the edge of my seat throughout their entire tale waiting for the moment when trial turns to triumph.
We all have a story to tell, with the climactic point when everything turns around. It’s called our testimony and it is meant to be shared. Psalm 107:2a says “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” We are meant to share our story. We don’t have to tell it from a stage or in a large group setting, although some of us will. It may be one on one, but either way it carries the same impact. Something within us stirs when we hear about the Lord redeeming another. If we don’t know Him, we’re drawn to the story in hopes that this Jesus can do the same for us. If we do know Him, we celebrate with the angels as another lost sheep is found by the Shepherd and brought back into safety [Matthew 18:12-14].
Acts 1:8 tells us we’re called to be His witnesses to the world. The Greek word for witness is martus, which is where we get our word martyr. As we share in the sufferings of Christ, as we overcome struggles in life, we testify to the goodness of God. We share with others how He carried us through and how He was more than enough to get us to the other side of our hardship.
Revelation 12:11 speaks of those who are victorious in Christ. It says “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Your testimony is important and the telling of it strengthens your faith and the faith of those who hear it. Your message may be the very one that leads another to Christ.
So, what’s your story? How has Jesus changed your life? I’d really love to hear from some of you. Post a comment and tell us how Christ moved in your life. We’ll all be blessed from it and gain strength!