I don’t know about you all, but I have seen some crazy things in church. The preacher who tripped and fell while preaching. An usher had her dentures fall out. A toddler pulled a lady’s wig off. The deacon that is asleep during the message. The kid whose phone rang with Soulja Boy’s ‘Crank Dat’ as their ringtone. I’ve seen all of this at church, not at 1 church, but during my lifetime. I am from a small city, some would call country.
We used to have this a special service a few times out of the year called ‘Testimony Service’ where a few people from the congregation would stand to share something that has recently transpired that shows how God has blessed them. When was the last time you raised your hand in a ‘testimony service’?
I’m not talking about having a special service set up on Sunday afternoons. But when was the last time you candidly, voluntarily, and excitedly shared your testimony with a fellow brother or sister in the gospel? Or even brought up a conversation with a non-believer in order to show how God has changed your life? At times, we, as Christians, think that our past can somehow hinder the way people view God or the gospel. We think that we can actually give God a ‘bad rep’.
Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Knowing that all of us have messed up and not even come close to being perfect, why is it a surprise for others to know about a short-coming?
Revelation 12:11 states “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” How can you overcome various situations without a testimony? What power do you have over a situation if you can’t share it with someone? People often feel ashamed or guilty of a situation that they are dealing with because they feel alone.
Empower your brother and your sister by letting them know they are not alone, and just as God brought you through, He can bring them through. I think that it’s time we had a good ol’ fashioned testimony service in our coffee shops, nail salons, babershops, and malls. Let’s not be ashamed to share just how far we have come in our walk with Christ.
- What has God done in your life? Share your testimony with us below.