3 mins is the suggested time to share a short testimony. I’m gonna break that record with a 5 second testimony but a more powerful story.
I was born and raised in a Christian home. I always believed God was real but didn’t think I was enough for him. I wasn’t ready for him. I became painstakingly aware of the sexual immorality in this world by the time I was in 7th grade and struggled with self worth and image issues. I came into the arms of Christ when I was about 15/16. I was bottling up a lot of emotional hurt and I figured out that I couldn’t do it alone. Through God’s will alone, I accepted Christ silently on a church pew and instantly I felt like I could breathe. It took me a while to understand the gift of grace and God’s effect on my life but with His help i have destroyed many lies i believed about myself and broke a life of living in fear. Not bad huh?
For the longest time I felt like sharing my story, the story of how God rescued me was nothing compared to others. I mean everywhere you go you encounter people with amazingly gruesome and very intense stories of struggle. I wasn’t one of those people. I wasn’t selling crack out of my crib at two years old, I wasn’t biting off bat heads and praising Satan, I never went out on my own cross country and encountered a secret witch cult. That just wasn’t my story. And I felt inadequate compared to these great tales.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized the importance of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” I thought the important part of the gospel was the before picture. When someone looses and dramatic amount of weight they always show the before to show how far they have come in the after.But the power of the gospel is not in the great stories or the tragic events. The power of the gospel is in the fact that we all had sin then we all received grace. We were all in the same place before. We all had the same before picture of depravity and hopelessness but Christ came in and changed that. The sin that stained you doesn’t stain Jesus. he took your sin and destroyed it, its completely gone. When you understand sin and it means for your life you understand the weight and the power of your story. Understanding that changes your perspective and completely rewires your desire to share your story. I encourage you to keep talking and sharing what God has done and is doing in your life no matter how small it may seem.
this is an old Hillsong song that has touched my soul. I hope you enjoy.