Sunday, March 2, 2014
You don't have to go to church to share this ...
Early in my ministry, it was common for churches to include time in their services for people to share their testimonies. It was a part of the service many people looked forward to because it was exciting to hear about what God was doing in the lives of people. This time for testimonies reminded me of Psalm 66:16, "Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me."
We don't take time for testimonies very often any more. In fact, I would venture to guess many of you reading this blog post have never taken the opportunity to share your testimony with your church or someone else. That's very different from the life described in Psalm 71:15-18 ...
"I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just. O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me."
If your church doesn't make time for people to share their testimonies, don't fret, you can share your testimony with other people. Just follow this simple command Jesus gave to a man He had freed from demons ...
"No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you. So he went through all the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him," Luke 8:39.
This man had wanted to travel with Jesus. Instead, Jesus sent him home to tell of God's greatness there.
That's what we can do. We can share our testimonies with our families, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. And even the folks we go to church with.
Go tell everyone everything God has done for you!