2 Thessalonians 1:10 (KJV)
“When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”
When you think about a testimony, what do you think about? Is the first thing that comes to your mind someone else’s words of forgiveness? Do you go back to the time when you heard your fellow church goers stand and declare what a mighty God we serve and how He has worked in THEIR lives? Ladies and gentlemen, we need to realize that there is more to God’s plan than SOMEONE ELSES’s words. Sometimes it’s hard to understand that OUR stories matter, but they do. We don’t stop to think that OUR situation counts. We love to sit back and hear the praises of what God has done for other people, but too often we keep out mouths shut about what He has done in our lives for fear of judgement.
I encourage you, people of God, to be a light to someone! Matthew 5:16 says ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Be that person that someone in a dark place can look to and see the love of God. Testimonies are not just for “experienced” Christians! Some of the most powerful testimonies you will ever hear are those from the once broken and lost souls who have fell to the very bottom with no way to go. The addicts who struggled in the grip of their darkness wanting freedom. The afflicted body who cries out for healing. The tormented person who suffers from depression, caught in a never ending cycle of their past with a hopelessness that they feel no one could ever imagine. Men and women of God, we need to reach out. We need to speak out. We need to let people know that they are not alone and we need to SHOW them OUR stories! When we let people know what our God has done for us, where He has brought us from, and who He is molding us to be, then we are able to let the Holy Spirit work through us to touch others! Let’s scream from the mountain top of how God brought a shameful heroin addict of 25 years to sobriety and washed them pure as snow! Let us tell of how OUR GOD worked in that situation and changed that abusive, alcoholic spouse’s heart to be saved so that they could take care of their family and children! Let’s give glory in how He mended that broken home where such heartache and sorrow festered for so many years but now thrives with love and trust! Even the smallest of blessings count, my friends. On a day to day basis we are each challenged with different choices and difficulties. We are tempted and tried to what seems like our limits at times. Even Jesus was tempted (Matthew 4:1) and went through hardships throughout all His life. As I mentioned in part one, John 10:10 tells us that Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy. I honestly believe that this applies to a Christian’s testimony. He uses different tactics to damage a Christian’s testimony because of the power of influence. He can damage our character and reputation all in one swipe if we are not prayed up and aware of our adversary.
Now, after we have realized how important it is for us to share, and truly realized how OUR story could touch someone else and be that light in the darkness, we mustn’t let offense or prejudice get in our way. Jesus sure didn’t. He loved each of us with His whole heart and no matter where we were at, He found us. In Matthew 4:23, it says how Jesus went out through all of Galilee teaching, preaching, and healing. It didn’t say he was picky on who/what he healed, no; scripture says (Matthew 4:24) that He healed diseases and torments, possessions, lunatic, also palsy. There was no limit to the healing our Lord could and can do.
Pray out, Speak out, Reach out, Live out. God Bless; Anna Green Anna & Tony Green