Interested in writing a testimony but not sure where to start or what to write? Testimonies come in any number of ways, and are as unique as the individuals writing them. The most essential thing about a Christian testimony is that it is God-centered. Pray before you write, and let the Holy Spirit guide you through the rest.
How to Write a Testimony
Writing a testimony is easier than you may think. Essentially, a testimony is composed of three parts:
1. Where were you?
Where you stricken ill or faced with an unbelievable life challenge or change? Did something so strongly impact your life that you felt helpless and alone, maybe sick or depressed, lost, unsure, insecure? Maybe you weren’t yet saved and didn’t know Jesus or God. Maybe you had lived a “Christian” life for some time but had not yet been born-again or come into a personal relationship with Jesus.
Your testimony is about you and what God did in your life. Truly, God knows every hair on your head (Luke 12:7), so too He cares about your everyday happenings and concerns that might seem small to you. Even the “smallest” testimony, if dear to your heart, the heart that God made in you, can be a stirring testimony to someone else in need of encouragement. Don’t ever belittle what God has done for you in your life – if the God of the universe and our creator did it, it’s importance is immeasurable.
2. What happened?
The second part of your testimony is essentially, what happened? Did God speak to you directly, or some in some other way? Did you come to a realization of who God is, or were you introduced to Jesus? Did the Holy Spirit move to convict you, or were you touched by a sermon, another testimony, or a healing? Did God heal you? Again, be sure you aren’t hung up on how big or small what happened may seem to you. If God did it, it is amazing and worth telling.
Just be sure what happened was of God. Not sure? The Bible encourages us to test the spirits. From 1 John 4, “Test the spirits to see if they belong to God. . . Every spirit agreeing that Jesus Christ came in a human body belongs to God. But every spirit that doesn’t agree with this does not belong to God.” Essentially, something from God will glorify Him alone and be profitable for the kingdom and the church. If it points you or others to Jesus, it is of God. Now, this isn’t to say that God can not use something not of Him for His glory, or allow something bad to happen, as was the case with Job and many others. The important part is that your testimony center around Jesus and what He has done for you.
3. Where are you now?
The final part of your testimony can be simply that: where are you now? From where you started, to something happening, now share where you are and how it is significant or different than where you began. Maybe you are now walking with Jesus or in closer relationship with another person you hadn’t been before. Maybe you are healed and healthy, or maybe you are still struggling through some addiction or trial but have a refreshed perspective. As I noted in my testimony of depression and anxiety, my healing wasn’t a once and done event – I am still walking through the healing process. If you are a new Christian, black sliding and reverting to old habits and lifestyles is common. But that doesn’t change what God did in your life, and that is worth sharing! (If this is you, a walk through the book of Romans may be helpful as well – We’ll be studying it on our Bible studies page this Fall!)
But make sure that in your hearts you honor Christ as Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respect.
1 Peter 3:15
Jesus was getting into the boat. The man who had been controlled by demons begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him. He said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them how much the Lord has done for you. Tell them how kind he has been to you.
Where is the hope that is in your heart?
What has the Lord done for you lately?
Share your testimony today –
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