In today’s Sunday School class we studied the apostle Paul’s personal testimony and we closed the class with the challenge that if you haven’t written out your personal testimony, then you should. It is one of the most powerful tools you have as a Christian to share the Gospel with others. They may disagree with it but they cannot deny it. Like the song goes, “I was there when it happened, so I guess I ought to know.”
There are three essential elements that go into an effective testimony. The first element is what were you before you were saved. You are not trying to tell all of the stories of your life, just enough to validate that you were on the wrong track. Essentially, it will boil down to I was trying to go through life without Jesus to forgive, love and guide me.
The second essential element is What Happened? What occurred that caused you to see that you were on the wrong road and how did you discover the right road? The circumstances will probably be unique and different but the outcome will wind up as a personal experience with the one who died in your place and is now alive and you now know who He is, Jesus. If this had never happened to you then you still don’t know for sure. If it has, then it caused a life changing direction in your life and you are now dependent upon and a follower of, Jesus, who is the Christ. (Jn 7:17)
The third essential element is What changes has this experience made in your life? If there has been no changes and you are living just as you were before this experience then there is a problem with your testimony. It could be that you did not meet the Lord but were dependent upon an experience or something other than the Lord. If you meet him then there will be a change. It may take a while for you to learn to listen to His voice or to know when He is guiding you but change will certainly happen. If there is no change then it is worth finding out why. It could also be because you have some doctrine (teachings) that you hold that contradict with the Bible. If you truly want to know then read you bible and He will show you the error. It may be painful to discover that what you always thought was so was really tradition or even superstition. Another possibility is that you have been deceived in some manner and you need a trustworthy source that will aid you in your search.
You should write it out then review it. Then see if you can improve it. Then use it and then go over it some more so that you have the document that accurately relays your story. It is one of your most effective means of sharing the gospel.