Tue 26 Oct 2010
Have you ever been told some exciting news and then asked not to share it with anyone?
You are bursting with it. Even if you keep your mouth shut, your expression may give it away. You may be distracted, or find it hard to keep still. You search your mind for someone—anyone—you can safely share the happy news with.
Last year my brother called from London, to share the news that he and his wife were expecting their first baby. The Hunk received the call while I was out shopping and couldn’t wait to tell me.
By the time my brother located me—on my mobile phone—my squeal of joyful surprise was not as genuine as it would have been if he had shared it first. My delighted hubby had beaten him to it.
It is a universal law: good news just has to be given away!
The Ultimate Good News
To all who received [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13)
As Christian believers, we have been entrusted with the ultimate Good News, the story of how:
- Jesus came to earth and died for the forgiveness of our sins, so that we could be restored in relationship to the Father
- He was resurrected that we might share in His life
- We enter into this new birth, not through anything we can do ourselves, but by faith in Him alone.
This is wonderful news, and all of would agree, truly GOOD news
And yet, many of us go through times when we are no longer excited about the good news of the Gospel. We have lost the urge to share it with others.
There have been times in my own Christian life when I have known in my head that the Gospel is good news, but my heart has lost the song.
In these seasons, I can look back and remember what God has done in the past, but I do not have a current testimony of God’s goodness.
When this happens, I am not the only one who is affected—others around me lose the opportunity to hear Good News.
The Power Of A Testimony
Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:38-39)
God has designed that the Gospel be expressed through the vehicle of our testimony. When the two are teamed up, extraordinary power is released to lead people to faith in Jesus.
- The word testimony is a legal term and dictionary meanings include ‘an outward sign,’ and ‘evidence in support of a fact or statement, proof.’
Our personal testimony stands as proof of the truth of the Gospel—evidence that it is life-changing Good News.
- The root word of testimony, ‘testi’, comes from a word meaning ‘witness.’
Our testimony provides a witness to others of what Jesus has done for us—and that what Jesus has done for us, He can do for them.
The story of how we first encountered Jesus and how our lives were changed when we accepted Him into our lives powerfully illustrates the Gospel.
But our testimony is not just the story of what took place when we first believed.
The ongoing stories of God’s Divine intervention in our lives have tremendous power to witness to others, as we talk about:
- How God impacts our lives every day
- Answers we have had to prayer
- What God has spoken to us
- How we have seen Him at work in our lives and in those around us.
Through this current testimony of God’s grace, we know, and others see, that Jesus is the only explanation for what is taking place in our lives.
As the Apostle Paul explained,
‘You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.’
How To Recover Your Testimony
Right now, I can’t wait to share with others all the good things I am seeing happen in my life and in the lives of others around me. However, it hasn’t always been that way.
Have you lost the fire? Here are some things that have helped me to recover a current testimony of God’s goodness:
1. Recognise that Something is Missing
If you can’t come up with an existing reason to be thankful about what God is doing in your life, something is missing.
We can always have a current testimony of God’s goodness in our lives, even if that testimony is of His empowering or His comforting word to us in the trials we are experiencing.
2. Meditate on What Jesus has Done for you
Take some time to meditate on what the Bible says about God’s love for you personally, as well as what Jesus has accomplished through His death on the cross and how it applies personally to you.
Remember your experience of salvation and how encountering God for the first time changed your life. Think about what He has done since, and about all of His faithfulness.
3. Ask God for a Fresh Infilling of His Spirit
Pray and ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. It is a prayer He loves to answer.
As you encounter Him in this way, you will fall in love with Jesus again.
Every time I have experienced a significant new infilling with the Holy Spirit, my passion for God and for people has been restored.
4. Take time to Listen—Receive a Word from God
To hear God speak to you is to encounter Him. He wants to speak to you about His love for you, His involvement in your past and present circumstances, and His purpose for your life.
5. Pray—and Watch for what Happens Next
If you are aware that you have lost the fire of your testimony, talk to your Father about it. Ask Him to move in your life, pray and then open your eyes. You will soon see Him at work.
We can’t give away what we do not possess ourselves.
When we recover a fresh and vibrant testimony of God’s goodness to us, the Gospel will be Good News to us once again—and nothing will hold us back from sharing it with others.
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