“We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Often times, we find ourselves immersed in a story. The stories that inspire us are usually about people who have overcome great adversity or who have triumphed over challenging circumstances.
Through Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, we learn that the church had indeed gone through persecution on account of their new-found faith. They were commended for their endurance because their story could be used to tell others about the good news. Paul knew this. After all, his journey to Damascus was the beginning of a new chapter in his life that often involved pain and hardship.
The account of Jesus' meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well is an example of the power of one's testimony. It did not matter what this woman had done; nor did it matter what the townspeople said about her. The revelation of Who Christ was resulted in her becoming one of the first evangelists, bringing an entire village to know Jesus personally.
Never underestimate the impact your personal testimony can have on the people who are part of your life. Although we may be ashamed of what we may have done or experienced, we cannot afford to be paralyzed by shame or guilt. Our stories of redemption and overcoming adversity provide glimmers of a hope that is certain, eternal, and life-changing.
The work of Christ in your life is a really good story. Who are you sharing it with?
Dear God, I thank You that I am not alone in my pain. Please help me to trust in You and know that my story will be an encouragement of Your faithfulness and provision to the people I open up to. Thank You for saving me and for giving me hope even in the middle of suffering. Amen.
Not sure how to identify the key points of your testimony? We have practical tips for discovering your before-and-after story of knowing Jesus. Take a look at lesson one: Discover Your Story.