Being a light to shine in this dark World
One of the greatest blessings of the Christian life is being able to help lead someone to Jesus Christ. It is a real joy to see someone else experience the same things you did when you became a Christian.
“But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
John 9:25 (NLT)
God tells us that it’s important to share your faith with other people (see Matthew 28:20). In fact, it’s not just something He wants you to do; He commands us to do it!
Sharing your faith can sound like a scary thing to do, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the best ways you can do that is by telling them your story. When you share how God has changed your life, it lets people see that you were once in their shoes, but have now been changed by the power of Christ. A changed life is the best evidence of what Jesus can do.
And it doesn’t have to be a long speech. You can share the basics of your story and what Christ has done for you in just a minute.
Here are some things that can help you share your story, or “testimony,” with your friends, family, or other people you know:
Three Keys To Sharing Your Story
#1 My Life Before Christ
Don’t glorify your past, but talk about what it was like before you became a Christian:
“I felt empty inside and nothing could fill it” (see Ecclesiastes 3:11).
“I felt separated from God” (see Isaiah 59:2).
“My life was dominated by sin and with pleasing myself” (see Luke 15:11-24).
#2 My Life Changed By Christ
Talk about how you came into a relationship with Christ. Be sure to mention the important parts of the gospel:
“I realized that I’m a sinner” (see Romans 3:23).
“I recognized that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins” (see Romans 5:8).
“I repented, or turned away, from my sins” (see Acts 3:19).
“I received Jesus Christ as Lord of my life” (see Revelation 3:20).
#3 My New Life In Christ
Talk about how your life is different now that you are a Christian.
“God has given me peace” (see Romans 5:1).
“God has a wonderful plan for my life” (see Jeremiah 29:11).
“I know that I’m going to heaven” (see John 3:36).