But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. – 1 Peter 3:15 & 16
Have you ever noticed when someone is asked to give a testimony, they break out in a cold sweat? Actually, I’m describing my dad – he had a very humble and private walk with the Lord. He didn’t make a big deal out of it, and he never wanted to testify. If he was put on the spot, beads of sweat formed on his forehead, not because he didn’t have a story, but because he didn’t like to speak in public.
I think it’s funny now, looking back… my parents had me in front of the congregation playing the piano before I was in junior high school. Would either of them done anything on the platform? I doubt it – but there I was – and there I’d stay for several years. I’m glad they pushed me though, because the experience I gained at a young age taught me many valuable lessons. From my unique vantage point, I got to see a few things. I remember thinking, “I want to be like that person” – or… “I don’t want to have an attitude like that person.” We all do that in our youth, but doing it while seated at the piano in choir practice was special somehow.
We are to have a story and be ready to share it when it’s time. Have you ever heard someone testify and seem to be almost angry that others are not coming to the Lord and repenting of sin as they think they should? Sometimes your testimony is less about the actual words you say, and more about the attitude behind the words you’re saying.
A gentle quiet spirit that exudes thanksgiving and gratitude makes a much better impression than beating your hand on the pulpit and screaming. Nobody ever scared anybody to the Lord – well, except the movie A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. I think the whole youth group went forward and confessed every little sin after that movie was over – even putting chewing gum under the pew. No, I didn’t do that… but I found some once. Eeeewwww. It was a pew in the back of the church – it didn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out who did it.
Every one of us has a different vantage point in our walk with Christ. We see things from different places. I sat at the piano and watched as a tween – maybe you sat in the choir and observed – or in the back row. Sometimes I wished I could have been a normal kid and sat in the back row – I envied them a little bit. The point is, we all have a story of our walk – past and present. The walk I have with Christ is so much deeper and richer today than it was when I was saved at thirteen. That’s what the world needs to hear – and that’s the truth of it.
Sometimes a testimony is painful to share. That’s when we rely on God’s help to give us the right words to say. As we listen, it might hurt, but we rely on God’s help to give us compassionate hearts and minds as we hear their story. Christ reaches down to all of us when we’re in a state of disarray – and that’s putting it mildly. We’re unsaved and without hope without Him.
I’m reminded of an Andre’ Crouch song called I’VE GOT CONFIDENCE. With God helping us every day, we can have confidence and assurance that things will be alright no matter what the case may be – !
Don’t be afraid to share your testimony, your story, your faith. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, spiritually speaking! LOL – well, you know what I mean. I’ve got CONFIDENCE… God is gonna see me through. 🙂