From Got Questions.org – “A life dedicated to Christ is a powerful testimony. Paul describes such a life in 2 Corinthians 1:12, ‘We have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.’ When our actions of godly living match the words coming from our lips, our testimony will be seen as true.”
This week during Burning Hearts Youth Group we had five adults share the stage and a couch to share their testimonies. As stated above, testimonies can be a most powerful force in the ministry as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. Why share our testimonies with the youth group? Because our testimonies are living proof that God took a little kid who was picked on, a girl from a broken home, a boy whose father walked away, and a girl who walked away from God, and called each of them to Him.
For these students, each having a personal life different from the next, it was interesting to watch their faces as they heard each adult give just a snippet of their life story. I watched as some students realized they could see their own lives having already been lived out by those on the stage; they found out yesterday they aren’t alone. There are others who have shared experience. Broken homes, mean dads, and a struggle to walk with God.
So why share these sad stories with these kids? Aside from the horror experienced, or the heartbreak felt, these five weaved in how the King of the Universe brought hope back into hopeless lives, breath back into exhausted lungs, and a reason to live and work for the King instead of giving up.
According to Revelation twelve, it is by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony that we will defeat every lie sent at us from satan (Rev 12:11). It’s the reason the Christian testimony is of the upmost importance.
There was a class given at Nebraska Christian College years ago called Personal Evangelism. During that class the professor gave the students a goal of writing their own stories. We started with page after page before the professor stated the goal was to get a testimony down to sixty seconds. The purpose? The ability to share our stories in line at the grocery store, or while filling up with gas, and in turn, share the hope found in Christ in sixty seconds.
There was a Preaching Professor, David Haynes, who once said, “There are five gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and You. Majority of the world will never read the first four, but almost everyone you come into contact with will read yours.”
So we say again, “when our actions of godly living match the words coming from our lips, our testimony will be seen as true.”
What’s your story? Have you thought about how Jesus has changed your life? Has He changed your life? Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica that they were to live totally differently from how they used to live. You might say, he taught them a better way to be human.
That’s why the students needed to hear from these five adults. To see what “totally different” looks like, that they can get there if they really want to, and the King will see to it when he returns (1 Thess 5:23).
Tune in next week when these five again take the stage and the hotseat for the youth to respond with questions.