Try and sing in the night, Christian, for that is one of the best arguments in the entire world in favor of your religion … I tell you, we may preach fifty thousand sermons to prove the gospel, but we will not prove it half as well as you will by singing in the night.
— Charles Spurgeon
When you let God into your life–no matter if He has cured a sickness in your body, saved you from yourself, encouraged you in the depths of despair, uplifted your face to see His grace, taught you more than you already knew, or delivered you from a situation where there was no escape–He wants you to tell your stories.
Seeing the change in you might make someone ask about the cause. Hearing your story might cause someone to think about Jesus. Reading your story might help someone understand how God can help them. Perhaps they might even attend a worship service or turn to God in prayer when they are made aware of your story.
A simply told Christian testimony can change the world. We have many historical examples (the Apostle Paul, for one), so why not add yours?
Where do you begin? Just write what God helps you recall and let the thoughts flow. Here are some examples that might get you started:
- I was hopeless, but then …
- I didn’t care who I hurt or which bridges I burned, but then …
- I was strung out on drugs, heading for the grave, but then …
We all want to know how and why someone changed. But often, testimonies skip over the “but then.” We go from “I was lost” immediately to “I am found. I have peace. I’m assured of heaven.” Share what you have felt, done, and reacted to on the journey; these are the details others find very interesting.
Still need some help?
- Read a testimony in the Bible to give you courage, for example: Silas the Missionary in Acts 15-18, 2 Corinthians 1:19, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, and 1 Peter 5:12.
- Pray for the Spirit’s help.
- Remember words that describe your life before you met Christ.
- Most importantly, remember it’s all about Christ.
You didn’t save yourself, heal yourself, or become more like Jesus on your own effort. You can do this as your love letter back to God.
(As we explore how to Tell Your Story, each contributor will share a part of their God story with us. Here is Cindy’s Story.)
What are you finding the most difficult part of writing your story?