Sharing Your Testimony When You Were Raised in Church

Scott looked at his youth group and said, “Tonight, we’re going to learn how to share our testimonies.” Kristie looked at Jeff and then looked away quickly as if something had upset her. Jeff tried to get Kristie to tell him what was wrong but she shrugged him off. When Scott opened up time for questions, Kristie asked,

“But what if you don’t have a testimony. I don’t ever remember not knowing about Jesus.”

Do you feel the same as Kristie? I know there have been times when I have felt the same. You see, I was raised in a Christian home and I’ve been in church all of my life. I became a follower of Jesus Christ when I was 5 years old. Some people don’t believe that it’s possible for a child that young to understand and believe. But, I did.

My testimony is just as important for people to hear as my husband’s. His testimony is very different than mine. He has a radical transformation story. Mine is a more subtle one.

Sharing our testimonies with our children and grandchildren is one way we can teach them about Jesus. Our stories of how God transforms our lives give them a personal connection with evidence of the work of God. Whether it was a radical transformation or a subtle one, God is at work in our lives if we have surrendered to Him.

How to Share Your Testimony

We’ve talked before about what to include in your testimony. We encourage you to include three essentials:

  • what life was like before Christ,
  • what made you turn to Jesus and
  • what God has done to change you.

My testimony doesn’t have much about what my life before Christ looked like. I usually say something like, “I don’t remember much about what my life looked like before Christ. I do know that I knew I was a sinner. I understood that I disobeyed what God had said.”

Then I say something about the night I decided to give my life to Christ. I say, “I remember that I was 5 years old, and it was Easter Sunday. I remember that my Sunday School teacher had taught a lesson about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Later that night when it was time for bed, I remember asking my parents questions about Jesus’ death. I don’t remember the conversation, but I know that I wanted to have a relationship with God, so I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins.”

When I share my testimony, I spend the most time telling about my journey as a Christian because as I follow Him He asks me to continue to change. I share about what He has done in my life to teach me who He is and why He is worthy of being my King. I also make sure to tell how it hasn’t always been easy. I’m a work in progress (as we all are.) I say things like, “I have seen God work in my life in many ways as I have tried to follow His ways. He has changed a perfectionist to someone who can let go of things. He has taught me how to trust His plan for my life. I have struggled with fear in different areas of my life and He has shown me that He is able to cast out that fear.”

If you’re like Kristie, remember that God can use your story to impact the lives of others for His glory. Just be willing to share His story in your life. You never know who it will influence.

What kind of testimony do you have?

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