God has given each and every one of us who are believers in Christ a testimony. A story that He has personally written for us, so that we can share the gospel effectively with others. No matter what you have, or have not, been through in life, your testimony is the very tool God wants you to use to share the gospel. Acts 26 shows how Paul used his testimony as a way to share the gospel – and how we can to.
Paul’s testimony given in Acts 26 shows us how we can use our story to share the gospel with others. We can start with our past- where we were before Christ, share our salvation story, and then share what Christ has done in our lives since salvation.
The Testimony of Our Past
Our past shows who we were before Christ. Even if you got saved as a child- you have a sinful past. No, it might not be what the world would consider “big sins” – but all sin, even the sin of our childhood, separates us from God. This is huge in a salvation testimony. It shows that we are all sinners in need of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Paul told about who he was before Christ, and how he persecuted the church and that he was a Pharisee. This is also important because it shows that Paul was educated about the Old Testament Law – and that he would understand how Christ came as a fulfillment of the law.
Many times, we don’t want to share about our past – either because it was unclimatic (meaning we didn’t have “big sin” in our lives) or because it has too much climatic events. Be sure that even if you had a hard past, you don’t glorify sin. Keep this part to the point – tell the truth, but don’t tell too many stories that might seem like you are wanting to relive those days.
The Testimony of Our Salvation
The most important part that we share is the moment of our salvation. In this point we need to be sure that we share the main points of the gospel
- Sin separates us from God- We covered that in the testimony of our past.
- Since we are separated from God, Jesus Christ came to rescue us from our sin and our condemnation and save us to Himself.
- We must admit that we are sinners, in need of a Savior. We can not get to God on our own.
- We must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That He came and lived a perfect life and died, was burried and rose again – for us.
- We must Confess Him as Lord. Not something we are adding on to our life, but complete surrender to Him as Lord.
Stick to the facts of salvation. You don’t have to make it complicated. It is truly easy enough for even a child to understand and believe.
The Testimony of Our Now
God continues to work in us, even after salvation. What God is doing in us right now is proof of what a great God He is, and how He is in the business of changing people. If we are living the same life life that we lived in our past, God doesn’t seem as powerful. Share about the amazing things God is doing in your life right now- that He hasn’t left you- and that He wants to be a part of your life.
When Our Testimony is rejected
Yes, there will be times when our testimony is rejected. When people will act like Agrippa and respond in disgust or sarcasm. We need to remember that it is not our job to make people get saved, it is just our job to share what God has done in our lives. Paul made a personal appeal to all to come to know Christ and to respond to the gospel.
May we ask God to give us a burning to others come to know Christ and to share your testimony. May this desire overshadow our fears of failure or rejection.
Have you shared your testimony with others? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
Worshiping With My Life,