Have you ever been asked to give testimony in a court trial? If you witnessed a crime or a car accident, you may have been asked to give an accounting of the event from your perspective. Your testimony serves an important role in our legal system to provide truth about what was seen and heard.
In the world of Christianity, Creation itself is a powerful witness. Our faith has been built up through the testimony of Old Testament prophets as well as New Testament Disciples of Christ. It is through their experiences that we have come to know the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. However, the Bible tells us in Romans 1:20 (NLT) that we have no excuse for denying who God is—even if we don’t have access to His Word: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Someone recently shared that she didn’t like to hear people claim healing from God because it made all the others who had not been healed feel badly. That is a compassionate view, yet over and over the Bible tells us we are to shout aloud the good things God has done for us. According to Psalm 71:23 (NIV), “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.” When we experience God’s mercy and grace, praise should be a natural response.
I am blessed to have a sister who has left an indelible mark on my life through her testimony. Before Bonnie left for college, she went on a mission trip to California, and was asked to give her testimony at church when she returned. Stepping up to the podium, she held her arms up like a ballerina and slowly turned a full circle. Facing the congregation again, she proclaimed that she might not look different on the outside, but that she had been changed on the inside. She went on to tell how the Lord had worked in her life on the trip; and she continues to witness concerning His grace and glory in her life. Her desire is for others to be drawn to Christ through her life … and they are.
Who has made a spiritual impact upon your life? Are you giving testimony to God’s grace in you? We are to be bold like Paul when he said, “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scripture says, ‘It is through faith that a righteous person has life.’” Romans 1:16–17 (NLT)
Pray for opportunities to share your faith. God promises in Isaiah 55:11 (NIV), “So is my word that goes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God always honors our requests to share His Word and His Ways.