When someone asks you to share your testimony, what you do you tell them?
I love to hear the story of when you first said yes to Jesus, but I want to hear what he’s done in your life lately too.
The Bible cautions us to always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). That hope starts with our salvation experience but it progresses throughout our lives.
One of the reasons we share testimonies is to remind ourselves of what God has done in our past so we are bolder and braver in future battles.
In 1 Samuel 17, we find a kid named David with a slingshot. But there’s a giant called Goliath, covered with armor, holding a sword and a ten-foot spear. The kid has the courage to face the giant because he’s already killed a lion and a bear while guarding his sheep.
The victories in David’s past prepared him for bigger battles with bigger stakes.
The victory over Goliath made him famous. His victory emboldened other mighty men to follow his example of courage into battles. Men and women were drawn to him. Three thousand years later, we are still talking about this young man’s courage and victory.
What’s YOUR Giant?
We all have “giants” in our lives.
Giants we are stuck with that beat us up and boss us around.
They might be habits we can’t kick, relationships we can’t get resolved, or sickness we can’t heal.
We reconcile ourselves to live with these giants.
We give up hope of victory over them and simply accommodate them.
Until we see or hear of someone else who has killed the twin of our giant. When that happens, something powerful rises up in us too.
When my friend Julia turned up at a conference fifty pounds lighter than the previous year, a switch flipped in me. She didn’t have surgery or sickness or calamity. She said she lost all the weight making one choice at a time. As I listened to her testimony, I believed I could have victory over my weight, too.
When my friend Lois beat cancer, it was just the news I needed to believe for my other friend in the midst of her battle with the disease.
Testimonies are powerful.
What’s YOUR Story?
Your story of trusting Jesus and experiencing a marriage restored, an addiction conquered, a debt obliterated, a near-death experience averted, a giant killed against all odds emboldens you for the next battle and empowers others to slay their giants!
Friend, here’s why sharing your testimony is most important:
The giant that tried to kill you, steal from you, or destroy you is coming after someone else.
Probably someone you know. Someone you love!
Stop it in its miserable tracks by sharing how God helped you conquer your giant.
Your story of redemption or a fresh start may be just what someone needs to hear to follow Jesus, trust Jesus, or start over.
Sharing our testimony starts at conversion and progresses through a lifetime of experiences with God.
Who can you share a giant-killing testimony with this week?
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13
God, some days it feels like my giants will overpower me and crush me under their feet, yet I know that you, O God, who raised Jesus from the dead, live in me. And through that resurrection power, I can do all things. So I come to you and beg for courage to do hard things, knowing that when I have overcome, I can celebrate and give you all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.