Over the last few weeks we have heard many things about sharing our testimony, what that means, and what it looks like. The purpose of this post is to dive into specific scriptures that also speak to sharing our testimony and solidify the things we’ve been taught deeper in the Word. It truly is amazing how much God speaks throughout the Bible about sharing what we’ve seen and what He has done in our lives.
It would take pages and pages to list out every verse that mentions sharing our testimony, but let’s look at a few and then pull truths from what is being taught to us:
Daniel 4:2 – It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
1 Chronicles 16:8 – Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.
Luke 8:39 – “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
As we can see in all the verses above, it is very clear that we are to share with others what God has done for us. In fact, when you look at Luke 8:39 and the verses leading up to it, you see Jesus doing a miracle and then instructing those that saw it to “declare how much God has done for you.” What we see in this verse is not an isolated instruction. There were many times when Jesus performed a miracle that he would then instruct those that saw it or benefited directly from it to go and share what happened with others.
This goes together perfectly with what Jesus tells us in Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Let’s focus on that word “witness” in the that verse. Witness as a noun means: a person who sees an event take place; evidence; proof. Witness as a verb means: see (an event) take place; have knowledge of (an event or change) from personal observation or experience. Jesus has called us to be a witness in both forms of the word.
First, we must “see.” In order to be the witness(n) we are called to be, we must first witness(v) what God has done. The first thing we witness as a Christian is our salvation. It’s what Jesus did for us. He died for us so that we have forgiveness of sins and now a way to have a meaningful relationship with God. After becoming a child of God, we witness things all the time. Whether it be an answered prayer, some healing in our life, financial blessing, etc., we see God’s blessings on our lives each and every day.
Second, we must then “tell.” The blessings of God cannot be experienced to the maximum amount unless we tell the good news about what has happened to us with others. Look at the verbs that are mentioned in just a few of the verses above: “show, make known, say so, declare.” We are called to tell others what has happened to us. When we share, it allows others to be able to experience those blessings for themselves. Just look at Romans 10:14 – How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? The word “preaching” here simply means, without someone “telling them.” We are all called to preach. That doesn’t necessarily mean standing in front of a congregation in a church service, but it does mean telling others what you’ve experienced in your walk with God.
Have you ever heard of the Dead Sea? It’s the saltiest body of water and it borders Jordan and Israel. It’s called the Dead Sea because everything in it dies! How does this happen? What makes it different than any other body of water? It’s because there is no outlet. Every other body of water has water that feeds it, such as rivers, and then outlets so that things can keep moving. The fish can move downstream, stay in the body of water as long as they need, and then keep moving. This is not the case at the Dead Sea. There are many inlets and rivers that feed it, but there is no outlet. There is no way to escape. All the life that feeds into this body of water dies because there’s nothing letting it out.
That is exactly what happens to many Christians. We get fed life and blessings from God, but we never share it, we never let it out. It sits in us, we get blessed, but then the blessing can go no farther. Don’t be like the Dead Sea! Let the blessings in, but then share them. Be the witness we are called to be in Acts 1:8. It doesn’t have to be anything hard, uncomfortable, or difficult. It can be as simple as sharing the great news of what God for you the next time you’re in conversation with someone. You’d be amazed at what God can do with your testimony!