Speak Up: What Others Need to Hear You Say

3 Reasons to Give a Testimony

Our youth ministry recently attended a youth conference where God did an amazing work in our hearts. I explained to our teens that when we returned home each of them should give a testimony in a special testimony service as to what God had done in their heart and what decisions they had made. I challenged them with three reasons for giving such a testimony:

1. Give God the Glory

Many people today feel as if God is dead because they never see Him at work in their life. When we tell others what God is doing in our lives, it shows them He is alive and still working today. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” If you have made a decision for Christ or God is at work in your life, speak up and let someone know. It will give God the glory for what He is doing.

2. Encourage the Church Family

Even good people get tired or discouraged. One of the most encouraging things is to hear how God is working in someone else. Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

3. Making Public What God Is Doing in Your Heart Makes You Accountable

We have no problem making decisions known when we truly intend on keeping them. When we shy away from telling others about a decision we have made, it is usually a sign that we really have no intention of keeping it at all. Learn to embrace and value accountability.

Let me encourage you to speak up and make known what God is doing in your heart and life. When is the last time you spoke of His work in you? I encourage you to do so today.

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