We all have a history and a past. We all have been through different situations, times when things were good and times when it was not so good. A lot of people have been through health problems or medical concerns. Some of us have lost people we really cared deeply about including family members, friends, co-workers and sometimes patients or clients that have made us very sad that we still feel the lost and miss them to this day.
If you reflect back on your life there probably was a time you went through something that you didn’t think you could survive. You probably know someone that went through a horrifying or devastating situation that most people cannot understand how they made it through it.
When people talk about their life and the things that they have been through, do you ever wonder what is the difference between their story and a testimony?
Your story is all of the things that you went through in your life until you met Jesus. Once you meet Jesus and realize that everything you got through was by the grace of God. Then your story becomes a testimony because you can reflect back on all the times that His grace saved you, protected you, and provided for you sometimes miraculously.
Once we let go of our own self-worth and the belief we made it all happen, then we are able to give God the glory for all the things he has done and is presently doing in our lives. At that point, we are able to surrender to His will and give God the credit for allowing us to stand and then we are able to begin to walk into His favor as we become a servant in the kingdom.
Take a look in your Bible at Acts 22 and you will see the story of Paul who was a persecutor of those who followed Jesus.
You will see in Acts 22: 6 – 10 that when Paul had an encounter with Jesus everything began to change.
6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.
7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’
8 “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.
9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
10 “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.
‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’
As you continue to read Acts 22 you will see that Paul’s life was changed forever. He no longer persecuted the Jews as he became a follower of Jesus Christ and began to tell others. Now Paul’s story became a testimony.
15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.
17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance
18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’
As a Christian your life should be a testimony as you are a living witness of the goodness of the Lord. When you tell others of what you have been through be sure to give God the glory always remembering it is by His grace that we made it through. He has a purpose for each of us.