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Christ is Enough…to Use Your Testimony (Blog and Podcast)

September 7, 2018

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When is the last time you shared your testimony with someone? When is the last time you were engaged in a conversation about someone’s faith? For a number of people, it’s almost an everyday occurrence, but for many believers, it happens all too infrequently. Why do you think that is? If you ask them, I would assume that most Christians believe that we have a responsibility to share our faith with others, with the hope that God would use it to help draw others to Himself. For those who would disagree with that, I would simply point them to the Great Commission. God’s Word is pretty clear.

 

People give all kinds of reasons for why they don’t share their faith. I want to address a few of those today. However, I want to start by giving you a little encouragement from one who had some things in his own life which could have made him hesitant to share his faith, but that didn’t stop him from being one of the world’s greatest church planters and, as a result, soul-winners.

I’m talking about Paul. As we continue our journey through Galatians, we come to the last half of chapter one, where Paul acknowledges that some see him as an unlikely evangelist, due to a couple of factors.

First of all, Paul describes himself as an apostle of Christ. That fact was doubted by many of the Jews, due to his not being a part of the original twelve, but Paul has never wavered on that and the fruit of his life backs it up. Secondly, the Jews, and Gentiles alike, remember Paul’s previous life where, as Saul, he violently persecuted Christians as, what he calls “a Pharisee of Pharisees”. Paul acknowledged his past openly to show the work that Christ did in his life, but there were some who wouldn’t receive it. Quite frankly, that wasn’t Paul’s problem. He was just being obedient. He wasn’t responsible for the response, or the result.

Galatians 1:11-12states, “11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. 12 For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Paul takes this opportunity, recorded in verses 11-24 of Galatians one, to share his testimony. He shares it in three stages. He describes his life prior to meeting Christ. He was a religious zealot, one who, in his words “intensely persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it.” Then he speaks of his conversion experience in verses 15 and 16, giving credit to God for drawing him to Himself, and for having a plan for his life while still in his mother’s womb. That’s no different than it is for any of us, really. Then Paul spoke of his life following his conversion, his time as a missionary, if you will. He said others gave testimony that “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy.”

So, what is your hesitation in sharing your faith with others? Do you have some of the same hindrances that Paul overcame? You may say, “but I’m no Paul”. I would say “before he was Paul, he was Saul, and nobody would have thought him to be an on-fire believer, but God…” It’s that but God that made the difference.

Let me deal briefly with some of the more common hesitations people give for not sharing their faith.

People say, “I don’t have a great story”.If Christ has come into your life, you are just as much saved as the most devout believer you know. If Christ has come into your life, your transition – from death to life – is just as dramatic as any. Don’t doubt your story, your testimony. God used it to bring you to Himself. God will use your successes and your failures to glorify Himself.

People say, “I don’t know what to say”.Matthew 10:19-20says, “19 But when they hand you over, don’t worry about how or what you are to speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour, 20 because it isn’t you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.” You just tell people what Jesus did for you, and let the Lord do the rest.  Trust Him to give you the words and don’t hesitate.

People say, “I don’t know enough to share my faith”.If you’ve come to Christ, you know enough. Just tell your story. You have been chosen to share Christ with others. I Peter 2:9says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

People say, “I don’t want people to judge me”.Paul had a past, you have a past, we all have a past. Some people may never think of us other than how they remember how we used to be. That’s not our responsibility. Our responsibility is to let the light of Christ shine through us and others will see what He has done and be drawn to Him.” Trust God for the increase and don’t be ashamed of what God has delivered you from. Romans 1:16says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”

My experience has taught me that whatever I’m really focused on, whatever is really important to me, I will focus time on that. Maybe, for you, it’s simply a matter of asking the Lord for a burden for souls. Ask the Lord to let you see people how He sees them and then just follow His lead. It really is that simple.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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