Sharing the Goodness of God in Your Life This morning I shared with my congregation here in Pine Haven about the fact that God has given each an every one of us a unique message to bring to this world. I didn’t call it the power of Christian testimonies, however in essence that is what it is. You see There is a process that people go through when God is developing their testimony. A good example of that process is what the prophet Isaiah went through as he describes it in the book of Isaiah chapter 6.
Isaiah 6 New King James Version (NKJV) Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet 6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
How Does God Build Your Christian Testimonies?
In order to have a testimony that is not only unique but also powerful you have a process that you have to go through. It is actually a simple process but simple does not mean easy. It is simple yet hard. You see, God is not going to share His glory and the credit due His name with someone else. That includes you. So you can have a testimony that is unique, but if you do not go through this process it will not be powerful.
I continually have to learn this lesson over and over again. It seems that if I focus on me that the effectiveness of what I am saying ceases. I have to remember that it is all about Him. So please let me share with you what I have learned that makes a person’s Christian testimony so powerful.
In order for your story to have an impact it must reflect how you have seen God high and lifted up. Notice in the first verse that Isaiah sees the Lord high and lifted up on His throne. You must see for yourself the supremacy and sovereignty of God in your life and that He is the one that is ultimately in charge. That may include some of the hard things you have gone through in life. For me personally, I never wanted to be single at age 50. I never wanted to have a failed marriage. I never wanted to struggle with depression after divorce. Yet today, I see the Lord high and lifted up over all of these situations. He has used them to enable me to speak directly into the hearts of people that think that God will never accept them because of their struggles and failures. When you see God high and lifted up and you recognize His supremacy and holiness, you become someone who Isaiah called “undone.” That means that you are no longer self-sufficient. You are no longer the one in control. You realize that only by the grace of God can you walk forward from this time forward. When you are walking in His sufficiency and not your own, then your Christian testimony becomes something that is not only able to touch other people, but it becomes a sweet smelling sacrifice in the presence of God.
A powerful Christian testimony needs to express how God has changed your life.
You will notice that Isaiah didn’t stay undone. He didn’t stay the person he was when he had the vision of God being high and lifted up. The very thing that he saw that was defiled before God became the thing that was purified by God. In Isaiah’s case it was unclean lips. In yours or my case it could be something else. Whatever it is, it must be something that God has changed in your life. That is why many times we go through hard times. God wants us to experience something so that He can show Himself big enough to change a tragedy into a triumph, to change a victim into a victorious person, to change a test into a testimony, to change a mess into a message.
Some of the most powerful messages I have ever shared have not been lofty theological treatises on esoteric subjects. They have been when I have gotten real and personal with people about how God has taken my life and turned it around. That is the true power of the gospel. It is not in learning how to preach. It is not learning theology at a Bible college, even though I am Bible college trained. It is when an average and human person shares how an extraordinary God cares enough to change a mere human like ourselves. It also removes all excuses from anyone that can speak, serve, love, and otherwise share what it is God has done for them. You see, it is not about eloquence. It is not about being a gifted speaker. I told my congregation that I flunked speech in High School. I did! I am not the most eloquent speaker, and I never will be. But I can share what God has done in my life.
We have a lady in our church that communicates every month with the hurting families in our community by running our food bank and giving freely to them in their need with no strings attached. She is uniquely sharing her testimony because she remembers what it was like to be in the position of needing food herself. If she can do it, so can you.
Your testimony needs to be communicated.
You will notice that at the end of the passage I gave you at the top of this post, God asks a question. “Whom shall I send, Who will go for us?” Your experience with the Lord needs to be communicated. God is looking around this world for ordinary people that will be willing to go for Him and share what He has done in their lives. So I ask you the question. Are you willing?Will you allow yourselves to be sent into your communities, into your workplace, into your families and communicate what God has done for you? What is your message? What has God done for you? How has He uniquely and purposefully worked in your life to prepare you to be His messenger to people that will not receive just another gospel message? Will you allow God to use you with the power of your Christian testimony?