10 Reasons a Testimony is Powerful
1. Everyone's Story is Unique
Your testimony may have been extreme and radical, or it might have been a calm profession of true belief. Both testimonies depict God’s love and mercy because all (both loud and quiet sinners) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
2. God’s Word tells us to share our hope
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
1 Peter 3:15-16
3. People love to hear stories—both believers and unbelievers
A testimony is a story and we all love stories. We go to the movies, we watch television, and we read books to hear about great stories. Stories can give us experiences to emulate. They can show us people to relate to and root for. They also give us the opportunity to see from another person’s point of view.
4. It removes fear and gives courage
When the Israelites remembered all that God had done in the past when He brought them out of Egypt, they had courage to continue onward into the promised land. When Jesus’ disciples thought back on all He had taught them, they were able to spread Jesus’ Way to more and more people. Remembering their life before Jesus and comparing it to their lives after knowing Jesus spurred them on.
5. Unbelievers will have a hard time disputing
Unbelievers come up with ideas that sound plausible against facts of the Bible, but they can’t argue with someone’s story of an experience they had in their life. Either they believe it, or they don’t, but they can’t argue with it.
And if your story shows a living and active God that cares for people, they just might want to believe it.
6. It creates transparency
The more we’re honest about mistakes we’ve made in the past, the more other people can relate to us. There’s a natural tendency to want to look as perfect as possible on the outside so we hold past mistakes deep within us. Hiding things is a lie that keeps people at arm’s length. Sharing brings them closer into intimate and real relationships.
7. You become a resource
Your story can be a key to unlock someone else’s prison. God uses people as His hands and feet. Stories about how God has worked in your past helps to encourage others who may be going through something similar.
8. Your salvation testimony stays alive
The more you share your testimony, the more it stays alive in your mind and heart. The more you keep that first love feeling alive. That feeling is projected to others and received as hope to them.
9. You deliver more testimonies
As God continues to work in you, you deliver more testimonies. God is working within all of us every day and slowly changing us to be more like Him in the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
10. It glorifies God
Your testimony shows that God is greater than your story or your experiences. It’s not really about you. It’s all about God and Him working in you. Sharing your testimony is sharing the Gospel because you're sharing a story of God’s hope.
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