Day 30: Tell Your Story

“God has written a story on the human heart.”

–Epic, John Eldridge

Have you ever asked a couple to share how they met?  Every story is one-of-a-kind.

Stories might have something in common on a surface level, but they are very different when you go deeper.  In the same way, God writes love stories in each of our lives that are for each of us.  No one else in the world shares the same love story with God as you do.

If you are a believer, you have accepted God’s pen to write His love story in your life.  And we all know a book is meant to be shared.  😉  If you refuse to share your testimony, you are not just refusing to share your testimony.  You are refusing to share God’s story.  No one else in the world knows God’s love story for your life like you do.  He has written it on your soul; you are the only mortal who can see it.

If you keep quiet, you are depriving the world of your love story.  Your love story is not merely ‘recommended reading’ for the world; it is urged and you are expected to share.  God could use the love story He wrote on your life to draw another person to start their love story with Him.  In fact, by the grace of God, your love story could be a part of the love stories of others!

Your love story will reach people in ways that my love story won’t.  It doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at telling your story, the fact is that your story captures an audience that mine won’t, and that Billy Graham’s won’t, either.  The love story God is writing on the soul of a CEO is going to be different than that of a custodian.  Which is more powerful?  Neither.  It is God who makes the story powerful, and you have no less power in a testimony that you were saved when you were 4-years-old in church one Sunday than if you were saved as a gang member in a slum.  We tend to think that certain love stories have more power than others because we tend to trust the events of our lives rather than the working of God.

We look for radical conversions because we think a dramatic testimony is best.  But we miss that all testimonies are radical!  All testimonies are dramatic!  It is no less work for God to save a first-grader in VBS than a death-row convict in a maximum-security prison!  We are all guilty.  We all deserve Hell.  Any conversion is as astonishing as any other, because we are all dead before Christ awakens us to His love.

Keep in mind, too, that your testimony isn’t only the moment you were saved.  God is still writing His love story on your heart, and will be until the moment after you die.  And from there, does the story end?  Not at all, but we can no longer view the story from down here, although we have the promise that it is unimaginably wonderful.  (See 1 Corinthians 2:9 for awesome encouragement!)

If you were saved when you were little, and you don’t have much of a memory of it, you can still testify to God’s love story in your life.  What has God been doing for you this year?  What has He brought you through in your life?  How has He matured you in your faith?  What has He been teaching you lately from His Word?

Every believer has a love story to share with the world.  The bigger question for most of us is, How do we share it?  We might know God has gifted us with a wonderful love story . . but how do we find the nerve to share it?  What if we fumble for words or, even worse, never work up the courage to say even the first word?

Moses had this sort of problem.  He was afraid to speak for God.  Apparently, Moses gave himself a self-evaluation and thought his oration skills were crummy.  Maybe he was holding onto critical feedback he’d gotten in the past.  We don’t know.  We just know that, for whatever reason, he really thought he couldn’t speak.

He tried to talk God out of picking him.  In fact, Moses kept arguing for so long about how he couldn’t speak for God that God got angry with him.  God sent Aaron to help him.

But, what would have happened if Moses had simply trusted God?  We don’t know the details.  God might have already been planning for Aaron to help (Aaron was already on his way coming when God pointed it out to Moses.)  However God would have worked it out, He would have given Moses the right words at the right time, if Moses had just trusted Him.  As it was, Moses learned to address Pharaoh and a sea of moody people.  By the end of his life, Moses gave the people a long speech about what they were to do when they made it to the promise land–at this time, Aaron had already died, so he wasn’t there to speak for Moses.  Moses had to do it on his own!

Let’s not be like Moses was in doubting God and waiting for somebody else to come along and share what God has for us to share.  We have far less excuse for our doubting behavior than Moses did.  He was guilty of sin because He knew a little bit about God (He is the I-AM; He has supernatural power).  But we are far more guilty of sin if we doubt because we have the the completion of God’s Word on the bookshelves of our homes.  We know far more about who God is than Moses ever did in his lifetime.

Pray for God to help you share the love story He is writing in your life.  Pray for Him to give you opportunities to share (and then expect them!).

How can you share your testimony?  It could be mentioned in a conversation or it could be a whole conversation.  It could be one paragraph or a 1,000 page book.  God has given us a love story.  We need to share it.  We need to pray about how God wants us to share it.  And then we need to start sharing by the power of God.

It helps to know it isn’t our story to keep; it’s God’s story He’s given as a gift to be shared.  You wouldn’t be very happy if you gave your oldest child a box of cookies to share with his siblings and found out later that he ate them all.  God can’t be pleased with us when we don’t share the love stories He’s given us to enjoy and bring joy in the lives of others.  If anyone has a copyright on our story, it’s God–not us.  And He has the right to distribute copies.  🙂

Quick ideas for how to share your testimony:

  • Pray before conversations with friends, family, and others (Remember they don’t have to be unsaved.  Your testimony may be sent by God to encourage them in their walk with Him.)
  • Invite opportunities to share (like at a meal, in the break room at work, at a cooperative project at work, etc.)
  • Post quick thoughts on social media like facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.
  • Blog
  • Journal about what God has placed on your heart lately, and use your journal to share your story with others.
  • Identify yourself as a Jesus-follower by wearing a shirt or jewelry that is distinctively Christian, carrying a Bible with you (not just the app), the way you speak and live your life, etc.  Pray and wait for God to open for questions. 😉
  • Draw, paint, or cartoon about your daily walk.

However God leads you to share His love story, remember that you can only reach others by the power of Christ–not by the power of your tongue.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:15b-16, NIV)