Pastoral Perspectives

The Power Of A Testimony!

“Do you have anything to testify?” someone asked. Another answered, “What do you want me to testify?” This conversation is meant to spark off our imaginations. Testify! Testify! Testify that he is innocent or he is guilty? What and how to testify? You need to have your information and facts right before you are able to testify. You need to know your stuff! In the Bible, we can learn of many incidences of people testifying. Jesus Himself testifies; His disciples also testify; the apostle Paul also testifies. Likewise, we also should testify. Being a child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus and by the grace of God, reconciled to God the Father through His beloved Son Jesus, we have many wonderful things to testify about, especially in regards to our faith and our salvation, that is, how you and I turn our hearts to Jesus

I recalled two familiar verses, 1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  This is the testimony of God concerning eternal life and its relation to His Son Jesus. If you receive the Son, you receive eternal life too. Eternal life is life with God and His Son Jesus forever. In John 17:3, it says, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternal life is: “knowing God and His Son Jesus”. God Himself has testified about His Son. Have you testified about His Son too?

I recalled two more verses, Acts 20:21, 24, “Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” The apostle Paul testified of the need of repentance towards God and the need to place our faith in our Lord Jesus. Indeed, he was so eager to testify for the Lord Jesus. He readily testified of the grace of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul testified readily and eagerly about our Lord Jesus. Are we also readily and eagerly testifying about Jesus our Lord?

Each of us has a testimony to testify, be it your salvation testimony or testimonies of God’s wonderful workings in your life and your family life or testimonies of God’s protections or testimonies of God’s deliverances from depressions, distresses and diseases or testimonies of God’s gracious provisions for your needs, etc. Each testimony is powerful. It encourages the hearts, edifies the souls, enlightens the minds and empowers the weak. Do not keep it to yourself but share it when opportunity is given to you!  You may not know how your testimony can lift up someone’s life. It can even enable someone to be drawn a step closer to the gospel. The true seekers shall find true refuge for their souls.

So, my friends, be ready with your testimony. Testify of the grace and the love of God; testify of the faithfulness and the goodness of God and of God’s redemptive plan for all mankind. Do not underestimate your testimony, especially your salvation testimony. It is always good to have your salvation testimony written so that when opportunity arises, you may share it with others. What should be included in a salvation testimony? In a salvation testimony, you should have the descriptions of your life before you were converted, when and how you were converted and after you were converted. It should not have too many details as you would want to share it with others within 3 minutes.

What platforms can you share your testimony? You can share it during the 2nd and 4th Sunday’s time of sharing or at the 1st Wednesday’s church prayer meetings or at your Care Group meetings or perhaps, during the Street Evangelism’s moment.

In conclusion, I would like to encourage all of us to start writing down our salvation testimony (if you have not written one) so that you and I can be always ready to share it with our friends and our family members on how we come to faith in Jesus. With God’s help and God’s inspiration, we share succeed in “testifying to others of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus.” May our good and great God help us in this area of testifying for Him and for His glory!

Preacher George Ang

July 28, 2013