Sharing your testimony can be intimidating. It is easy to over analyze what you said and over think your recipient’s response. I have noticed that many people have some harmful tendencies when it comes to sharing their story. I decided to write about three actions to avoid when sharing your testimony.
- Remember the purpose of sharing your testimony. I have heard quiet a few people share their life stories and I left feeling more defeated than uplifted. Since our past struggles are often strong memories, it is easy to want to focus on them. The purpose of a testimony is to show the faithfulness of the Lord to save and sanctify his people. Although not always care – free, those both are positive processes in the life of the believer.
- Focus on victory. It is easy to fall into the trap of insecurity when sharing your testimony. Everyone is moved by a powerful story of God quickly yanking someone from destructive sins. Honestly, the story of the 23-year-old drug addict is usually going to be inspiring, but that doesn’t make it more powerful than the story of a faithful 70-year-old man. Be honest about your story and confident. Its your story for a reason! Share it with humility and contentment. You shouldn’t be ashamed because you didn’t live recklessly in the past or walk away from the faith for a season.
- Share your testimony with passion. If you’re not excited about what God has done and is doing in your life, why would you expect a response from your listener? If someone is not excited about their favorite hobby, I am not going to have any desire to investigate what they are professing to love. How much more do we have to be intentional when discussing salvation! Even if you don’t feel the excitement, do your best to stress how important this decision is. Their lives depend on it.
No one is the perfect evangelist. Thank God he gives us the help of the Holy Spirit when we are sharing the gospel. Make sure you are not relying on technique. People want conversation and genuine interest. A personal connection will take you far when sharing your faith, and the three pointers above will help you find that connection.
I hope you all had a wonderful Saturday. God bless!
Photograph taken by David Marcu