The Power of Testimony
Have you ever been to a conference or other ministry event, and heard a powerful testimony from a speaker? If so, do you remember the emotions that you felt as they described the work that the Lord was doing in their lives? There’s no doubt that hearing the testimony of another believer is powerful.
What about your own testimony? Do you remember the moment the Lord saved you? Or the emotions you felt as you trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, your testimony is a powerful reminder of God’s work. For some, salvation came at an early age; for others, it came later in life. Regardless of how you came to faith, your testimony is a miracle!
In church circles, we often talk about sharing our testimony with others. Admittedly, it can be overwhelming to think about this, and there is no shortage of rebuttals that we come up with to avoid it. I wonder, though, if we truly understand what a testimony is. Before we highlight the reasons for sharing, let’s define the term.
Simply put, a testimony tells of our experience in coming to know the God of the Bible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Even more specifically, a Christian testimony begins the moment a person places their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Our testimony begins with salvation, but it does not end there. Our testimony continues and grows as the Lord works in our lives.
We know what it is; but we still haven’t answered the question: “why is it important to share?”
The rationale behind the sharing of testimonies is more than aesthetic. In fact, there are deep doctrinal, and practical reasons for this. Here are just a few:
Our testimony glorifies God.
Ultimately the testimony time is a benefit to the church; but it also brings glory to God. When we celebrate the work that Christ has done in a person’s life by affirming them and bringing them into the fold of our congregation, we are accomplishing God’s will. We are making His Name famous and affirming His love for us, as well as our love for Him.
Our testimony provides an opportunity for God’s people to hear and celebrate the work of Christ in a person’s life.
Each Christian has a testimony of God’s grace working in their lives. Even more than simply listening to a person share their testimony, we should celebrate the reminder that “Jesus saves!” It’s no secret that the Christian life can be tough, and the sharing of a testimony can lift our individual and collective spirits, effectively offering encouragement in difficult times.
Our testimony is a witness to those who may not know Christ.
As God’s people, we celebrate how the Lord has worked in a person’s life. Each week, we have opportunities to point others to Christ. For God’s people, a testimony serves as an exhortation and a reminder; but for unbelievers, a testimony is a powerful tool in helping them understand the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Our testimony can be an encouragement to those who share similar life experiences.
Each person has a different testimony. Some come to faith as a child; others as an adult. Some come to faith with a simple realization that they were a sinner in need of a Savior; others come to faith “kicking and screaming!” It is easy to feel as though no one can relate to your testimony, which, at times, can be discouraging. When you hear a testimony that you can relate to, it provides encouragement. Rather than feeling alone, it is comforting to know that others have been through similar circumstances.
As we grow deeper in our faith, it will become imperative for us to share how the Lord is working in our lives. Your testimony may just be the encouragement that a person needs to continue trusting the Lord!