“I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.” John 17:15 NLT
I was raised in a Christian home and we attended a very charismatic church in which I remember plenty of services, where people would give their testimonies about how God saved them from the most horrific circumstances and how they had turned their life around and were living free and redeemed.
These testimonies inspired me, but at the same time I felt that I couldn’t share my story because it was embarrassingly simple: I asked Jesus to come into my heart at a very young age and then rededicated my life when I was twelve years old. I didn’t party or do drugs, I didn’t drink or sleep around, I didn’t battle addictions or live a destructive lifestyle. I was what would be considered a good, Christian girl. The simplicity of my story made me shy away from any opportunity to share about my salvation experience. I had repeatedly told myself that I was a very plain person whose “personal testimony” didn’t have a lot of power.
When I was in college I heard something that both convicted and empowered me: God’s KEEPING power is just as mighty as His SAVING power. When I heard that, I realized that it wasn’t MY story that had power it was the CROSS, the BLOOD and the RESURRECTION. It wasn’t about me and what I did or didn’t do in my life, it’s about how God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die in my place. That’s where the impact of my testimony comes from.
Recap: Perhaps we don’t have a prodigal son story or a testimony of great of deliverance, but we can’t allow the lie that says “Your story is weak” to keep us from sharing it because the strength isn’t in our story it’s in God’s KEEPING and SAVING power.
Challenge: Tell your story, a chapter of it, a few sentences, a paragraph, whatever you feel God wants you to share, be obedient and tell someone how the cross changed your life.