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“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33
The big idea for this week’s sermon (The Christian life is personal, but it is not private) reminds me of a courtroom setting.
When a person offers testimony, they simply tell what they witnessed or what happened. If they are an expert witness, they might also tell what they know to be true based on their experience. There personal perspectives or viewpoints are made public.
When the apostles gave their testimony, they weren’t reciting a memorized script. They had seen the resurrected Jesus, so they told their story. They simply told what had happened to them and how it changed their lives!
Your relationship with Christ is personal, but it isn’t meant to be kept private. No one else is better qualified to tell what God has done for you than you! Sharing your faith in Christ with someone isn’t a sales pitch. It is simply telling others what God has done and is currently doing in your life.
I used to think: “I would really have a great testimony if I had been a convicted criminal before I encountered Jesus. I’m far too normal for my story to be effective.” Similarly, you might think your story is boring, but the people you know can relate best to you. Your story is fascinating to the people who know you precisely because it’s your story. While your friends might seem far from God, they are close to you. That’s why sharing your testimony—and not being private—is so important. Share your personal story with others!
Father, grant me unique opportunities to share my faith with my friends. Give me the courage to take my faith public by sharing my story. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8