Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week so far.
Since I didn’t get the chance to talk about Easter much last week, I thought I’d give that some thought today.
On Easter, my church did this really moving event at the end of the sermon called “Cardboard Testimonies.” The basic idea is that participants created a simple testimony of their before & after. What were they like before Christ? What are they like now?
My church is also pretty awesome in that they film every sermon & make them available online. If I ever miss a service, this is really handy! They filmed the cardboard testimony part, so I thought I’d share that with you.
I wanted to share that with you to say that personal testimony is important. Without it, people wouldn’t know Christ at all. Testimony is so powerful that thousands of years have passed since Jesus was on earth, yet people are still speaking about the work of Jesus in their life today.
As a Christian, I want others to know Christ too. Not so they can become like me, but so they can be saved like me. Wholly accepted, unconditionally loved, completely forgiven, & utterly freed by Christ. But sometimes, inside my heart of too-little faith, I worry about how to help others know Christ, how to bring Him up in conversation, what to say. I worry that I won’t be convincing enough, or that I’ll be too pushy.
After seeing the many testimonies on Sunday, that fear started to fade. In all honesty, no one can argue with a changed life. I know what Jesus has done in my life, and that’s not up for debate. It’s fact. Whether someone wants to believe it is their own problem.
My personal testament of what Jesus has done to change me is the strongest, most convincing thing I can tell someone who doesn’t know Christ. Sure, I could spout off Bible verses or explain the Gospel. All of that is good. But to really draw someone in to know Him? Why not share how the Lord of heaven & earth has gotten to know me. And how he took me from a place of wandering to a place of walking on His path. That’s powerful.
It was also really encouraging, actually, to see that everyone comes from some kind of brokeness. No one on earth is exempt from pain and suffering; we just suffer differently. It’s very easy to stereotype or misconstrue Christians as “perfect” or without any struggle, but I really see more and more how Christians are just like everyone else. They just have hope in hopelessness, and the faith to keep going.
If you have a testimony, share it. You never know who might need to hear it.
If you hear a testimony, listen. You never know what someone might say.
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I also just wanted to thank each one of you that has been partaking in FIMF. I never planned this post series to become open to others, but the fact that has really answers my prayers & encourages me. I’m so glad to host this link up 🙂 Keep linking up, ladies!
Questions for You:
- If you made a cardboard testimony, what would it say?
- Any exciting plans for the weekend?