It’s almost the end of the year again – a good time to reflect on our lives. Some may choose to look back and appreciate the good things, while others may focus on the things they want to change. For many, these reflections are reminders of all the things our God has brought us to and through. I’m sure each of us have faced moments when we thought nothing could be done to make things better. Yet somehow, we made it past those times with lessons learned and an opportunity to hit the restart button. We realize how merciful and loving our God really is. Each of us Christians has a story or progression which led us to accepting salvation. God has even told us to share it with everyone around us. So why is it so important that we share our testimony?
Sharing our spiritual walk can be an encouragement to others. Sometimes people feel alone in the problems they face. They may find a way to relate to you and this would encourage them to focus on the positive things to look forward to. There are people who have heart-felt stories of how their path to salvation was faced with lack of acceptance from the people they love or even persecution. In comparison, some of our paths may have seemed too easy or not worth telling. Even if you feel like you were given salvation on a silver platter, that doesn’t mean you didn’t face even a small challenge along the way. Personally, my story of receiving God isn’t that catchy. I often struggled with what the purpose was in sharing a plain story of how I grew up in a Christian church and knew about God from the moment I could speak or walk. But I realize that my testimony continues even after that moment. God has been there for me ever since and because of that, I should be able to tell the world about it, just like this Psalmist says:
My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Sharing our testimony is a way of saying “thanks” to God for all He has done while knowing that He will continue to be there by our side for whatever we face in our future. Each of us has a lot to be thankful for in our lives. Family and friends who stand by us and love us, food that is available when we are hungry and the list goes on. Why wouldn’t we use our time to talk about everything He has blessed us with? There are always reasons Satan brings to discourage us or bring us down. But God deserves our every effort to put aside all those negative thoughts and go out there to do what God wants us to do.
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
The greatest purpose for our testimony is to introduce others to the gift God has given us. There is a world of people out there who still don’t know the wonderful things He has done. It is our job to get this good news to them – we must seize every opportunity to spread His word and share the things God has done for us personally! As scary as it can be to strike up a casual conversation with someone and bring up a major topic like salvation, with the right attitude and trust in God, anything is possible! It’s time for us to get out of our comfort zones and let others hear about the grace of God in our lives and to see how His existence in us has brought about wonderful changes. So instead of waiting until the end of the year or waiting until Thanksgiving next year, let’s try to remember that it’s always a good time to share our testimony. So, what do you have to say?