We know that testimonies can be powerful. Scripture tells us to declare how much God has done for us. Most of us have been deeply moved by testimonies, but have you ever listened to someone’s testimony and felt critical or jealous?
A critical heart would think, “I could present this in a better way” or “My story is more powerful than this”, while a jealous heart might think, “My testimony isn’t that powerful; I might as well never share it because it won’t measure up.”
Working for a Christian ministry, I have heard my fair share of incredible testimonies: A Gift of Forgiveness in Rwanda, Military Couple Moves Past the Past, The Power of a Transformed Heart. There are so many stories and it’s such a blessing to work in a place where I can see daily how God is moving. But sometimes, it can be hard to view my own testimony as powerful. I have never had to forgive someone for murdering a family member. I have never been hardened by war. I have never been close to death. How can my story have value?
I don’t know if you have ever felt the same way. I don’t know if you have ever held your tongue or stayed quiet because you didn’t know if your story was good enough. But if you have, then know that the idea that your testimony isn’t powerful enough is a lie from the enemy. The most powerful part of any Christian testimony is the part we all share. We were dead and raised to life again through the blood of Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:11 says, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
We were all dead in our sin until God stepped in. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, through the glory of the Father, we also received new life in Christ when we accepted Him as our savior. The entire meaning of a testimony is to give glory to the things God has done. In our flesh, we tend to think that the most powerful part of the testimony is when God healed us, or spoke to us, or protected us – and those are important mile markers in growing our faith – but the part that gives the most glory to God is the part where He sent his one and only Son to die for us.
Your salvation cost God everything. To deny the power of your testimony is to deny the power of His sacrifice, so never let the enemy convince you that your story isn’t worth telling.