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The world was already changed by a story . . .
There was a time when a few men were captured, brought before a court, and labeled as, “Men who have turned the world upside down.” These people were none other than the disciples of Jesus, and they were simply telling His story, a story that still transforms our lives today.
There’s no question that Jesus understood the power of story. His disciple Matthew even remarked that Jesus always used stories and illustrations when speaking to the crowds (see Matthew 13:34). So if Jesus communicated through story, don’t you think we should, too? In fact, Jesus encourages us to do so.
The Power of Your Story
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus gives John a vision of Christians in the future and how these Christians would defeat their enemy: “They triumphed by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev 12:11 NIV). Did you see that?! They won by the word of their testimony! In other words, their story (testimony) became their strength.
You may be thinking, But I don’t have an amazing testimony. Honestly, it’s nothing special. Well, your story might not seem amazing to you, but there’s more there than you think.
Let me ask you this: Do you think of your testimony as just the time when Jesus came into your life? Sure, that is a part of your testimony, but it’s just the beginning. Ultimately, your testimony is the story of God’s miraculous presence in your life. This takes on many different forms, and if we’re not careful, we often miss the miraculous in our daily lives. So please trust me in this . . . your story is more important than you could ever imagine, and it can be the very thing that changes our world!
Your action step this week is simple. Reflect over your life and identify the miracles of your journey with God. Then practice sharing these stories (your testimony) with some of your friends.
Once you have shared your testimony with a few friends, ask them which parts of your story most impacted them. You should also ask them if anything was unclear.
Use your friends’ feedback to your advantage and look for opportunities to share your testimony. This could be in the grocery store, at your school, in the gym, etc. (When you meet new people, be intentional to first ask them about their story—this will likely create a chance for you to share yours.)
Remember, you might not think your story is important, but you never know the way it will speak to someone else. So don’t be afraid, confidently share the wonder of Christ in you, because you might just change the world . . .
(If you’re gifted in making videos—or if you want to get better at telling stories through video—then be on the lookout for an opening in our S&D video internship. Give me a shout if you want more info!)