I’ve been convicted lately. Convicted to be more open with my testimony.
I’ve been pretty open already. If someone asks me, I will gladly share it. Earlier this year, I shared it in front of two different Celebrate Recovery large groups, one of which had over 300 members.
I guess that’s what is really fueling this desire to share more. Ever since I shared my testimony in January, I have heard about more and more people who were convicted or inspired that night. Six people gave their lives to Christ that night, publically.
Here’s the thing: That night, I was out of my mind with fear. It’s so scary to get in front of people and basically tell them all the worst things you’ve ever done. But God moved. He gave me courage. He used my words. He used my story to help others.
The issue is that I don’t enjoy bringing up my failures. My failures are tough ones to admit to. Not just embarrassing, but soul-crushing. But, I know from research and experience that my past issues are dealt with by the majority of men today. It’s keeping men from becoming Christians and it’s keeping Christian men from becoming the men they desire to be.
I heard a message recently about how when we hear God tugging on our heart to share our situations with others, it’s not for our benefit. You never know who out there listening needed to hear some hope.
And when it comes to issues like mine, I’d say that nearly all those who are struggling with pornography are just too darn afraid to admit it and ask for help. It’s humiliating. So, for them, hearing testimonies might be the only encouragement they get until they make a change.
Our testimony is how God uses our past failures for His glory moving forward. And it’s the easiest way to share God’s love with others.
People are always more willing to trust your example than your advice. If you just tell someone that life is better without “Addiction X,” you give them a destination, but no directions. Sharing your testimony, showing how you got from “Addiction X” to freedom, is how we lead others down the righteous path.
When God tugs at your heart to share, whether that be in front of a large group or with just one person, don’t let fear stop you. This could be a defining moment to those listening, something that changes their lives forever.
It’s not for you. It’s for them.