The Value of a Public Testimony
I know that everyone has awesome times of challenge, testing, growth, deliverance, healing, perseverance, and transformation of mind and heart in our lives. It is in these stretching times that the Lord brings forth the gold and silver, the substantive things with eternal value, and we reflect His nature and image in a greater way. Every test and every testimony will be different reflecting the many faceted aspects of the Father's influence in our lives. When these events in life are documented and shared with everyone the Father gets the credit. I encourage each of you to ask the Holy Spirit for one or more testimonies you can share in the coming weeks and months. Share them on this blog in the comments section. Or share them with your friends and neighbors. Share them at church.
I am reminded of the time when Jewish leaders told Peter and John they could preach, but not in the name of Jesus (Acts 4). They could say anything they wanted to say as long as Jesus was not glorified among the people. The religious folks didn't care what Peter and John said privately about Jesus, only what they said publicly. The Word says the religious leaders wanted "to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people" (Acts 4:17). A public testimony of God's goodness in your life spreads among the people! It reveals the silver and gold in your life brought forth by that name—the name of Jesus. It brings encouagement and rejoicing in the body of Christ. We get to celebrate God's goodness with you.
So, share your testimony!