History is His Story

1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

What is your personal testimony? It is simply the story of how Jesus changed you.

Paul was a great orator and communicator, not to mention being an apostle. But in almost every instance when he was talking to a nonbeliever, Paul began with his personal testimony.

Every person’s testimony is valid, by the way. Over the years I have heard some crazy testimonies, as I am sure you have. But I can tell you everyone’s testimony has the same basic structure. Once you were lost. Now you are found. Once you were dead but now you are alive in Christ. That is your testimony.

However, the power is not in your story; the power is in the story of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen from the dead. That is why Paul said, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). Sometimes in our attempt to build a bridge for people to cross over we forget the cross. Don’t forget the cross.

Once Billy Graham was asked: “After all of these years of preaching, what should you have preach on more?” Without missing a beat, he said, “I would preach more on the cross of Christ and the blood, because that is where the power is.”

When you share your testimony, share it in a way that honors the Lord. When you tell your story, never boast of what of you gave up to follow Christ; rather, boast about what He gave up to restore you. Your story is really His story.

 

David Ball
Pastor