Every one of us has a story. And every one of us who believe Christ has transformed our life has a testimony, the greatest story ever told.
Some say it’s a private story that should be told to only certain ones in a certain place, maybe they don’t want to offend, or maybe they just don’t know how to tell it, so they don’t . . .
No one else can tell your story but you. But, it’s not just yours. It’s God’s story that’s been nailed tight to the cross.
Not the once upon a moment encounter, but the before, during, and after. Don’t allow anyone to rewrite your story and keep stopping at the before. . .
Have the blessed assurance of who you are in Jesus and continue to be throughout your story – no matter the flaws that spatter in between the lines.
But there was a time I didn’t even know where to begin . . .
Long ago I was asked to share my testimony in a one-hour session. Seemed easy enough. But when I was asked to take only ten minutes, then one minute, then one sentence – I thought it could never be condensed and still matter. It was actually a good exercise that took some radical editing, but I found if we know where we are in God’s handwritten story of us, we can adapt to any space or format.
Paul’s testimony in the book of Acts is a great three-step-example in how to share your story. No theatrics, just the simple supernatural truth.
Before (Acts 22:1-5) He describes what he thought and did before he became a believer.
How (Acts 22:6-11) He explains how he encountered Jesus.
After (Acts 22:12-21) He explained how becoming a follower of Christ changed his life.
Write it out and rehearse your testimony until it becomes natural. Speak the way you speak – and please don’t use Christian buzz-repelling terms.
Jesus is the hero of your story. He spilt blood to be in it and there are many who are dying to hear it.
Redemption – the Easter word.
You’re story is beautiful. Tell it.
. . . always being ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you – yet with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15