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Writing Your Story/Testimony
We all have a personal testimony – a story of how Christ changed our life. But are we ready to share that story with others?
Having your testimony prepared is important. Sharing your past and experiences is often an easy way to start a conversation that could lead to spiritual topics. Preparing your testimony ahead of time makes sharing less stressful and more comfortable when the opportunity arises. Here are a few steps to assist you when writing your testimony.
Share what your life was like before you started living an adventure with Jesus. Did you experience a lack of peace, purpose and significance? How did you try to fill these empty areas of your life? Example: “I used to be very motivated by money and moving up the corporate ladder. But no matter how much success I achieved, I still felt like something was missing.”
Share how you came to a point of understanding and accepted Jesus into your life. Describe the circumstances that led you to giving your life to Jesus and allowing Him to be in control. Discuss the steps you took to becoming a Christ follower. Example: “One day a friend mentioned that I was missing out on living a real adventure with God. After looking into it more, I realized he was right. I realized that Jesus was the answer. It didn’t happen overnight, but the more I learned, the more it all made sense.”
Share what happened after you gave your life to Jesus. Describe how Christ is filling your deep needs that you listed in Step 1. What changes do you see in your life today? How are you motivated to live differently now? Example: “Now I feel a sense of completeness and know that is due to God being part of my life. Life now makes more sense and I have purpose.”
Pray for people with whom you can actively share your testimony. Pray daily for circumstances to arise where you can freely share your testimony with others. Praying specifically for particular people is powerful. Just be ready to share your testimony because once you start praying for opportunities to share, God won’t let you down.
Ask the Lord for wisdom as you sit down to write your testimony.
Make your testimony sound conversational. Keep the wording light and use action words like “living an adventure with God” or “allowing God to take control”.
Ensure that the main message is the difference of your life before believing in Christ and how He changed your life.
Keep your testimony short, simple and up-to-date as God acts through your life.
Don’t include more than two scriptures and feel free to paraphrase when using them in your testimony.
Be authentic and encouraging of the life change that happened. Be careful not to paint the picture that once you become a Christian, life becomes perfect.