Question: How to share your testimony with others?
1 “Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now.”
2 And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent. Then he said:
3 “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.
4 “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,
5 “as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
7 “And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’
8 “So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.
10 “So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’
In summary, Paul quieted the crowd, he told his testimony to the people: his Jewish background, his Jewish education, his zeal for God, and His persecution of Christians. Then he finally told them of his miraculous conversion to Christ. This testimony was very specific for his Jewish audience. The people must have related to Paul in a way that we cannot. However, I believe Paul’s testimony is an outline of how we may give our testimony to others today.
How to share your testimony with others?
Where were you born?
Paul could relate to them because he was born a Jew in Tarsus. We can share with others where we were born. Tell others where you come from. It’s the first step to let people know that you are just like them. Now that we are Christians, we have our own friends, activities, and lingo. So let them know you are one of them. Just say hey I was born in so and so and I was raised in such and such a place.
How were you educated?
Paul was trained in Jerusalem at the feet of Gamaliel. They may have all known or of heard of Gamaliel. Let us share with others our education. Tell them where you went to school. Again, it builds connections from your life to their life. I went to public schools. But If you went to a religious school like Paul, definitely mention it to others. Let them know that being raised religious does not save you.
What were you zealous for before Christ?
Tell people what you were zealous about before you became a Christian. Paul was zealous toward God and keeping the law. Again, if you have a religious background, then share with others how you were zealios for religion, but let them know that you discovered that zeal could not save you. What were you zealous about before Christ? We all filled our time with something. Were you zealous for sports, reading, traveling, ect …Let people know that you were and are just like them.
What was your relationship like toward Christ before your Conversion?
Most likely we have never persecuted anyone as Paul, but the Bible does teach that we were all the enemies of God before we were born of Christ. Tell people how you related to Christ before your conversion. Maybe you were an atheist, or agnostic, or never had even gave God a thought.
What was your conversion experience?
Few on earth have ever had a conversion experience like Paul’s. But if you are a Christian, then you have a story. Maybe your conversion was dramatic and happened in one night, or maybe you came to Christ gently over the course of months having realized that you were now desiring to follow him and to be like him. Tell others your conversion story.
Write it down
Several years ago at church,we were encouraged to write down our conversion story. It was a great exercise. I encourage all Christians to write down their story. You will be amazed how writing it down solidifies the story in your mind. Then when The Lord gives you the opportunity to share your story with another, you will have it firm in your mind.
When is the last time you gave your testimony?
If you haven’t shared your story in awhile, maybe you need a change. Is there a ministry at church where you can do some outreach? Has The Lord place someone on your mind and heart to whom you could write a letter and share your story and the Gospel.
In conclusion, sharing our testimony should be a natural thing. Just share who you were before Christ, and then share how he miraculously started to change your life.