Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
The story of your journey to believing in Jesus and how you walk with Him daily is a powerful testimony to others. The devil wants you to think you have nothing of value to say but this is not true! People may argue with what the Bible says but they can’t argue with your experience of Jesus and what He has done in your life. This is how we overcome the devil, by the blood of Jesus that brings forgiveness of sin and the freedom to overcome every evil thing and our testimony, our story of His goodness to us. It is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (Rom 2:4).
People need to be told about God so that they can have an opportunity to believe in Him. It seems a simple thing to say but too many Christians are assuming people are hearing about God elsewhere and so they don’t have to say anything. The truth is most people are not hearing about God, they are ignorant of who He is and what Jesus did. Many people even in supposedly Christian societies have never had the Gospel of Jesus explained to them and have only a hazy understanding of what it’s about.
Let’s not allow the devil to intimidate us into being silent. Don’t let your desire to be comfortable stop you from sharing your Jesus story with others. We often do people the discourtesy of thinking they won’t be interested. Let’s not decide that for them, lets give them the opportunity to choose!
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
A good idea is to sit down and think about your story. Make some notes and think about how you would share it with someone in a way that is easy to follow. We all have a story and don’t think it has to be “wild” and full of “huge miracles”. If you lived a so called “good” life without any miraculous saving from drug addiction or other extreme things, praise God, your testimony is one of walking in God’s protection. Be ready to tell your story at any time.
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
Let’s look at some useful pointers for sharing your Jesus story.
- Keep it a conversation. It’s not just about you, ask the other person about themselves.
- Keep it short (a few minutes) and easy to follow, let people ask you for more details.
- Keep it focused on God and on glorifying Him
- Keep the language simple, use everyday non Christian words.
- Keep the part about all the bad stuff you were saved from short.
- Keep a watch on the other person to see how they are receiving.
Remember that you have something valuable to give. Make sure you know what Jesus has done for you so that when people ask questions you have answers. If someone is not interested after your first short story, praise God you got to sow a seed, let them move on. Most people hear the Gospel several times before they choose to follow Jesus. Make sure you know how to lead someone in making a commitment to Jesus so that when they do respond you are not confused on what to do next.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Here is a simple prayer to lead someone to Jesus:
“Father, I recognize that I am totally dependent on You to save me. I accept Jesus’ sacrifice as payment for my sins and make Him the Lord of my life. I believe that Jesus is alive from the dead and now living in me. I am saved! Praise God! I am saved!”