This is the third in this series of blogs regarding giving your personal testimony. Previous blogs had commented on the following points regarding giving a part of your Jesus story…
1> Ask for permission and don’t be pushy. 2> Use ordinary language. 3> Start briefly and share more as it becomes appropriate. 4> Highlight God’s presence and power
5> CLEARLY PRESENT THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES
When giving your testimony work to present a contrast between who you were and who you are now. In other words, gently state the difference encountering Jesus has made in your life. For example:
- From hate-filled and self-centered relationships to loving and caring relationships
- From a life without purpose and direction to a life of deep meaning and clear direction
- From fear of death to confidence in this life and hope for eternity
Though such a pattern isn’t mandatory for every testimony, it does help people see the difference Jesus can make in a life. If you have experienced a transforming work of God, let it become the focus of one of your testimonies. Here are a few more examples:
- From loneliness to a sense of belonging (to God and His family, the Church)
- From anxiety to peace
- From financial irresponsibility and fear to hard work and financial stability
- From selfishness to generosity
- From addiction and enslavement to freedom from addictions
The list of options is as diverse as our life experiences.
6> SHARE THE SOURCE OF LIFE TRANSFORMATION
As we share the story of our life transformation, it is critical that we articulate that Jesus is the source of the change. We could not have brought it about on our own. We don’t want our lost friends and family members to think that the transformation in our lives is the result of going to church or hanging out with a nice new group of people or even getting ‘religious.’ The only power that can changes from the inside out is the work of Jesus. His death on the cross, in our place, and His resurrection in glory are the reason we are becoming new people. We should be careful to express this as we share our stories.
7> LET JOY SHINE THROUGH
Joy is a universal language. If we talk about God’s work in our lives, the amazing changes we are experiencing, and the relationship we have with Jesus, but do so without joy, we will send the wrong message. Knowing the Father, walking with Jesus, and being filled with the Holy Spirit should bring a flow of joy that is visible and contagious.
This is not to say that we should paste on a fake smile and blurt, “Praise the Lord,” at the end of every sentence. It means the joy of the Lord is evident in our lives, even in the tough times. When the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is growing in our lives, people will see it. Joy is always part of our story, because we know Jesus, the Author of joy.