Some believers think our testimony is a brief account of the way God has worked in their life. Some people have exciting accounts. Others, like myself, have less exciting accounts. If we spend time chasing memories we will see the hand of God on every page of our life story. Every chapter littered with short stories of answered prayers and special blessings...evidence that God has been there. This is our testimony.
One important aspect of our testimony is our character. The foundation of our character finds itself anchored to our obedience to God. Do we follow God’s instruction on occasion but ignore Him the rest of the time? Do we pick and choose the areas that we want to be obedient? At times our actions may outwardly display obedience, but nobody except God knows what lies within our heart. He sees our true character, and it should line up with the story we tell others to glorify Him. Luke 8:17 is aways in the forefront of my mind. It reminds me that even the hidden things will eventually become public things…“nothing is concealed that won't be revealed, and nothing hidden that won't be made known and come to light”.
Our conduct - what we do - is another part of our testimony. This includes both our public and private behaviors. If what we say - our testimony - conflicts with our behavior, then we cloud our witness, and unbelievers may consider us hypocritical or doubt the genuineness of our faith. The way we act should confirm who we are in Christ. Remember, “we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless” 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Finally, a third part of our testimony is our conversation. Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” This gives us an opportunity to tell others what God is doing in our lives...to open the book and share the evidence that God has been there! It is also an equal opportunity for us to demonstrate the opposite. Our words can be significant to an unbeliever who doubts the existence of God or the divinity of Christ.
When our character, conduct, and conversation fail to match who we say we are in Christ, we limit our ability to reach others with the gospel. A testimony can make the difference between doubt and faith in the life of an unbeliever. How authentic is your personal testimony? Is your testimony evidence of your conversion?