When God does something wonderful for us, we may want to jump up in Church and share it with others. After all, as God’s people, we want to be careful to give Him all the glory for what He has done. However, have you seen someone give a testimony that only made some people upset? God wants us to understand how to share our testimony so that it will be a blessing and encouragement. We certainly don’t want to share something that will cause people to stumble, get angry or upset.
There are two basic reasons for sharing your testimony: the first is obviously to give God all the glory for what He has done. The second reason is so that others will be strengthened in their belief that God will do the same thing for them. We might share our testimony about how we were saved so that those who are lost will accept Christ into their hearts. Perhaps we might share how we were healed to encourage others to believe for their healing. The same is true regarding a financial miracle. What God has done for us, He desires do for everyone else. He is not a respecter of persons. His promises are for everyone!
King David looked for every opportunity to boast about what the Lord had done for him. He wrote:
“My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.” (Psalm 34:2 NKJV)
Notice that only the humble will be glad when they hear David boast about what God has done for him. Why is that? The reason is that those who are proud tend to say, “Why did God bless him and not me?” It is amazing how pride often makes people slip into envy and jealousy. That is why we must always be careful to share our testimony in humility and emphasize that what God has done for us He will also do for anyone who believes God’s Word. When we make our boast in the Lord, it is not to exalt ourselves but the One who answered our prayers.
Imagine a young couple who own a small car. One day God enables them to buy a bigger car. That Sunday they are filled with excitement and can’t wait to share what God has done for them. However, as they pull into the parking lot of the church, they notice another person dropping his wife off at the entrance in a brand new luxury car. Suddenly the young couple is no longer as thrilled with their new car. How does God want us to act when we are in a situation like that? If we walk in love and humility, we will rejoice with the other brother over his new luxury car. Both of them can give their testimony in Church and everyone will rejoice with them. God’s heart is delighted when His kids act like that!
God wants us to be happy for those who are rejoicing in His goodness. If we need a similar miracle, then He wants us to simply say, “Thank You, Lord, I’m next!” We can say that with confidence because what He has done for others, He is just as willing to do for us!
Not everyone will receive our testimony. For example, God had done an amazing transformation in the life of Saul of Tarsus. He immediately went into the streets of Damascus and Jerusalem to share his testimony with everyone. Many in the Church rejoiced with him, some were still afraid of him, while others outside of the Church opposed him completely. One day he had a vision of Jesus:
“Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not accept your testimony concerning Me.’ ” (Acts 22:17-18 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
There are times when we should not give our testimony before certain people. We should always keep in mind that the purpose of our testimony is to build people up. If God is not going to receive praise from our testimony or it isn’t going to build people’s faith, then we need to keep it to ourselves. Knowing when to share our testimony requires wisdom!
Each time we give our testimony, we must be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit wants us to share. He will show us when and where and even how to share what God has done for us. There have been times where someone shared how God gave them a financial miracle and everyone rejoiced with them. However, when they mentioned the dollar amount some people were offended by the size of the miracle. Or, someone received a brand new car, which delighted everyone until they found out it was a very expensive car. There have also been cases of a person being healed by God and everyone rejoiced until they found out that the healing was a creative miracle. Then some had difficulty believing it. We want God to get all the praise and thanksgiving for what He has done. He knows best when people have open hearts to hear what we have to say.
Many of us have had the joy of sharing some of the wonderful things God has done in answer to our prayers. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can do it in such a way that will magnify the Lord and encourage God’s people to receive their miracle.
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you had the Holy Spirit show you how to give your testimony so that it will be a blessing to others? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture references have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]