Last week we were talking about how to use the “blood of the Lamb” as a tool. We talked about how knowing the Gospel and knowing how to share it is a major weapon that we need to learn how to wield. This phrase, “blood of the Lamb”, comes from Revelations 12:10-11, where John writes, “now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And [the Tribulation Saints] overcame [the enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death (Rev. 12:10-11)”. We broke that phrase down by two things we need to learn how to use: the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony. This week we are going to learn how to use our testimony as a tool!
A testimony doesn’t have to be elaborate. All testimonies are is sharing what Jesus has done in your life. Even though it is a story about your life, it should also be a way to share the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. The first person to share the Gospel in scripture was Mary. She was at the garden tomb and saw Jesus resurrected. She then ran to tell the disciples what happened. She didn’t know all of the details, she didn’t have all of her doctrine correct, she didn’t have a theology degree, all she knew was what she saw, and that was what she shared. She had an encounter with Jesus, when she shared that, it was her testimony, but also the Gospel (Read John 20:18).
All your testimony is how Jesus has appeared to you. No one can debate and argue what has happened to you. In a court trial, they call witnesses to the stand to testify. These witnesses will say what they saw or what happened to them to convince the jury of something. This is what we are doing with our testimonies, we are using our eye witness account of who Jesus is to show the world who Jesus is! You don’t have to have all of the answers and all the facts down, all you need is to share how Jesus has transformed your life by His awesome love! It is hard to argue with an eye witness! It is NOT a grocery list of all the horrible stuff that you did ending up with giving your life to the Lord. Your testimony should be the eye witness account of who God is.
Just like the whole bible points back to Jesus, our lives to the same thing. In our testimonies, we should be trying to do the same thing. The bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, it is all about Jesus. All of the Old Testament points forward to the first coming of Jesus, then all of the New Testament looks at what He did here on earth and looking forward to His second coming. Cover to cover, the Bible is a book about Jesus. This is how our lives should be. Even if we came to know Jesus later in life, God was still with us even when we didn’t see Him there.
Here are something tips and tools to learn how to use the testimony that God has given you:
Everyone has a testimony:
For a kid growing up in church, I had always felt ashamed that my testimony wasn’t cool. God has given you your testimony to be encouraging, helpful, educating, a blessing, a warning, to some one. God didn’t give you the life that you have for no reason. Take what God has given you and let Him use it for His glory!
God moves even if we don’t see Him. Look at the times in you life where you didn’t know God or were distance from Him and look for His hand at work.
How do you use it as a tool?
Write it down. Some people do best with words, whether it is writing or speaking. Write out your thoughts so that you can better communicate where God has shown up in your life!
You don’t have to use words! Is words are not your thing, there are other ways to share your testimony! Use art: paint, write poetry, create music, choreograph dances! Let God use your creative side to let His glory be seen! I had a friend who didn’t like to be put on the spot and not have her testimony in a way that she could share it. She took a long time and created a scrapbook of her life. She included pictures, illustrations, and verses to depict her life. When she would share her testimony, she would take out her scrapbook and take someone through it, page by page, sharing how God moved in her life! I think this is beautiful!
What I did for mine is sticky notes! I had four colors of sticky notes, yellow, pink, blue, and green:
Yellow: first I dug through my past and wrote down all of the major events in my life, the good, the bad, and the ugly! Everything and every person that shaped my life in any way, shape, or form!
Pink: second, I looked at all my ‘yellow’ life events and transferred any negative events to a pink sticky note.
Blue: next, I put all of my life events into chapters, like a book. (For me, I haven’t lived that long, so my chapters are early life and elementary school, middle school, high school, college, after college, and now. This was a good out line for my life but I know I will change it as a live a little longer!) These chapters, you are going to write on the blue sticky notes and place in order at the top of your page. Then order all of your pink and yellow sticky notes under the corresponding blue sticky note.
Green: green is the fun one. Now that you are looking at your life in chapters, pray about and then write down on your green sticky not a theme phrase of what God did in that season of your life! I love this process! It is the green sticky notes that is impactful because you get to really dig into what God was doing in your life, in your hardest seasons, in your victories, and in the times that you were not following God! Then where you share your testimony using this method, you can clearly see where God was, no matter how many pink sticky notes you have in that season!
Know your audience. When you are sharing your testimony you do not have to share you whole testimony to everyone. When I share my testimony with kids, it will sound a lot different than sharing it with adults, or people overseas. You don’t need to share the good the bad and the ugly to your coworkers, but maybe you can with your small group or one-on-one with someone!
BRING IT BACK TO JESUS If your testimony doesn’t show the goodness and power of Jesus, it is just a story!
The inspiration for this week and last week was a message I heard from Mike Todd from Transformation Church. The link for this message is below. The whole message is incredible and I would highly encourage you to watch the whole thing but the inspiration for these two posts is at the end, starting at 44 min., to the end of the message!