We made it to 2016! As we have been looking forward to this new year, we have been exploring something crucial to our walk as Christian women… a series all about the value we find in living our lives in an intentionally authentic way. Several of you have reached out to me and told me how much you have been enjoying this journey and how much you are looking forward to a fresh start for 2016. I love that we have been on this journey together and I hope that you continue to be encouraged as we unpack our last topic on this authentic pursuit
So far we have examined….
- Realizing the price of the masks you wear
- Reflection in asking deep questions
- Embracing the biblical view of self-esteem
- Discovering Your Purpose
- God’s goodness in you
- Finding real confidence
- Humbling yourself
- Pursuing transformed relationships
- Doing your work well
…and I am probably the most passionate about the final piece to our puzzle today…. telling your story.
When you talk with other people – family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, strangers, etc. – be willing to tell them the full story of how God has worked in your life so far. Don’t change or leave out any important details because you’re afraid of what they may think of you if you told them the whole truth. Realize that the story of how your brokenness has caused you to depend on Christ is much more powerful than any other story you could tell to try to impress people. Trust that every difficult and painful event in your life can be used to glorify God and tell others of His great love. Tell others what God has done for you!
Your personal testimony is the most effective tool you possess.
Think about it…your testimony requires no scripture and no need to be a Bible scholar. Every one knows him or herself better than anyone else. It simply requires that you share the knowledge of yourself… the good, the bad and even the ugly. The real stuff… the stuff you don’t like people to know. All of it has made you who you are and all of it adds up to why you need Jesus.
Share your personal relationship with Jesus and the road you traveled to get there. People can argue scripture and theologies all day but they cannot argue the valid facts of your own personal life! Even if your life has never taken any wild twists or turns, its your story, your adventure, and the way that God has woven it all together has all been for the purpose of Jesus to shine right through it.
Paul realized that there is nothing more powerful than the Word of God working through the personal stories of believers. In Acts 22, Paul uses his testimony to point the Jews to Jesus. Then, in Acts 26, Paul uses his personal testimony to point King Agrippa to Jesus.
A man possessed by a legion of demons was set free from torment. In Luke 8 the man having been set free (notice the word) begged to go with Jesus. Understanding the great power of testimony, Jesus said “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” “The man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” When Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him! This man’s testimony created a welcoming party for Jesus! This power is verified in John 12:31: “our testimony will draw men to Christ.” His testimony did just that and today telling our stories continues to be a driving force of kingdom power.
As stated in Revelations “and they (the believers) overcame him (the Devil), by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” There is nothing more real in all the nations than a recount of what our Lord has personally done for you. Every single person who has been forgiven of any and all sins has a powerful testimony. When we testify to Christ and uplift our Savior we may not save all, but by it, the Holy Spirit will draw them…. and THAT is beautiful.
Where do you struggle in telling your story? Let’s talk about it in the comments below and make that a focus of our intentionally authentic new year!
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