For the past few weeks, as part of our “before and after” sermon series, we have been encouraging you to share your salvation story. Thus far, we have had only a few courageous people that have submitted their story. I got to thinking that just maybe many of our folks have never shared their testimony before. They are uncertain how to do it. So, here are a few practical pointers to help you.
1. Realize that your story is powerful!
Every time you tell your story (your testimony) you give honor and glory to God, and He is pleased with that. Why? Well, your story is actually the story of how God rescued you; how He saved you. Often, people are embarrassed because their life before Christ was so bad that they don’t want to tell it. Or, they are embarrassed because it was not bad enough. Whatever your story, don’t be ashamed to share it. It is powerful!
Psalm 96:3- Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
2. Briefly share your life before Christ
You want to paint a picture of what your life was like before you came to Christ; what was your lifestyle; what were your habits and your struggles. There are two dangers to avoid. First of all: don’t dwell on how bad you used to be or glory in past sin. The powerful part of your story is not what you used to do, but rather how God has changed you. Secondly, don’t make your past worst than it really was. You were a sinner, not because of your actions, but because of your sinful character. A good sinner needs forgiveness just as much as a bad sinner.
3. Tell how you met Jesus
This is the exciting part of the story. How was it that you came to realize that your sins needed forgiving? How did your hear about Jesus dying for you? What was your reaction? How did you give your life to Jesus?
At this point, don’t be afraid to share a verse or two that God used to point your towards Jesus. Remember that it was God’s Word that showed you your need. Likewise, it will be Scripture that will move someone else.
4. Briefly share your life after Christ
II Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! WOW! How cool is that? Your old life is gone and you are a new person in Jesus Christ. What has changed? What is God changing in you?
5. End strong
Revelation 12:11 states, “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony…” Your story not only powerfully affects others, but it is a reminder to you and your enemy that God is at work in your life.
As a final reminder… let us always keep this in focus: our purpose is always to give God glory for what He has done in our lives — not to bring glory to ourselves. No one deserves Salvation. By God’s grace, and God’s grace alone reached down and save you and me from our “before Christ” condition? He alone deserves all the glory!