1 Peter 3:15-18
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Mike’s drug addiction landed him on the streets for seven years. He was able to get a weekly shower thanks to a program through his local rescue mission. Often the volunteers from the mission, many themselves recovering addicts, offered to pray for him. He found himself going back to the mission not just for the handouts, but for the love and acceptance he received. His family had long lost hope in him. On the streets, there was no one who truly cared whether he lived or died.
After several years, through the leading of a rescue mission volunteer, Mike prayed and asked Jesus to take control of his life. After going through a recovery program, Mike was back on the streets. But this time, he was leading others who were caught in addiction and difficult circumstances to hot meals, showers, and prayer.
Mike’s life now demonstrates a new mantra: to live is to give. Rather than hide his past, he humbly shares his story in order to help others. He doesn’t boast about where he’s been or what he’s done. He boasts only about how God saved him.
Revelation 12:11 says the enemy is overcome by “the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.” The word “testimony” simply means to tell your personal experience of how you came to know Christ and the ways He has changed your life. Like Mike, each of us has a testimony and should be ready to help those who are weaker, in need of compassion, or seeking answers on why we believe what we believe, and why we live the way we live--the hope that we have (verse 15 above). It just may be that God will use our story of how Christ changed us to bring them to God (verse 18 above).
Are you prepared to humbly and courageously share your testimony? Practice sharing your testimony with a family member, friend, or someone in your small group.