Debbie, along with a friend who had invited her, attended an evangelical-Pentecostal church where I was pastor for the very first time in her life. She sensed God’s powerful presence among us, and early the next week when my wife, Sharon, and I visited her home, she put her trust in Christ as her Savior, and committed her life to following Him. A few weeks later her husband Roger decided to do the same thing! Then an incredible, but Biblical pattern, emerged… They would share the story of what had happened in their lives with family members, friends and colleagues (and frankly anyone else who would listen) and, as a result, others would trust Christ as their Savior and Lord as well… In fact, I lost count of how many came to Christ directly (or indirectly) as a result of the testimony and witness of those two people (hundreds really!) It points up the power of sharing your story – your testimony – your witness, with other! It’s a Biblical pattern…
One day Jesus struck up a conversation with a despised (and sinful) Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well, at Sychar in Samaria. He shared with her about “the living water” that she could have, and if she drank deeply of it, she “would never thirst again!” … In fact, it would become a source of refreshment and life “that would flow from within her” out to others! Jesus dealt with the issues in her life, she put her trust in Him, and her life was transformed! Was she excited!
So the Bible says, “She left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, ‘come and see a man who told me all that I ever did! Can this be the Christ?’”
Then the Bible says, “Many went out of the town and were coming to him… Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony.”
Then the passage says, “Many more believed because of His (Jesus’s) word! And they said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world!’” (from John 4:1-42 – the entire account)
It’s the power of a personal testimony… the power of simply telling someone else what the Lord has done for you! I’m going to look for opportunities to do that today… aren’t you? Believe me, the Lord will use it to draw others to Himself!