A Testimony

Acts 26:21–23

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“For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

Acts 26:21–23, ESV

Paul was consistently open to sharing his testimony. He didn’t try to hide his past and was unafraid to share the call of the Lord to all who would hear. In the greatest of dangers, he continued to witness to the faith. We are called to do the same. Our testimonies are different. Some of us may have a testimony that we believe is boring, but God can use those. In my internship, a church worker shared a story of a time she was on a mission trip and shared her testimony before a large group of female prisoners. She had thought her faith journey was boring because she didn’t have a great conversion event, but she shared that she was raised in a Christian home with a faithful father and mother who brought her and the family to church every Sunday. She went to Sunday school and would sit in worship with her family every week. Her and her family would do devotions, read the Bible, and pray with one another. There was never a time in her life that she did not believe in God or had a lack of certainty in her faith in Jesus Christ. At the end of her sharing, all the women in the prison were in tears because she told them a story that they could have only dreamed about in their own lives. It was a story to them of God’s constant care for His chosen and how much they had yearned for that which she was blessed to have known her entire life. We don’t know the impact that our testimony of faith may bring to another, but in our sharing, we may bring others to an abiding faith and hope in the one true God. 

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