Sharing Our Testimony
Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 25; Psalm 25-26; Acts 22
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 22:1-22
Paul had been worshiping in the temple when he was wrongly accused of bringing a Gentile named Trophimus into the temple with him. A riot ensued which was eventually broken up by a Roman guard who arrested Paul. While under arrest, Paul asked the commander for the right to speak to the Jews, and the commander gave him permission. Today’s key passage is what Paul chose to say to these Jews who wanted to kill him. As in many other similar circumstances, Paul could have spent his time stating his own defense or he could have pleaded for his release, but instead Paul took this opportunity to share his personal testimony.
The truth is, we will never know when the opportunity might present itself for us to present our own personal testimony. It could happen at any time. We might be having a simple conversation on a plane or in a restaurant when the opportunity comes for us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so we must be prepared. When we read today’s passage, we can gain a lot of insight into the best way to share our faith. We notice that Paul started with his background. Since he was speaking to a Jewish crowd, he spoke in Aramaic, which got their attention. He told them about his history as a devout Jew prior to his conversion. Had he not done this, many of the people likely would not have even given him a chance to speak, but because Paul established a common ground with his listeners they heard what he had to say. Finding common ground with the person we are talking to is one of the best ways to begin the process of sharing our faith.
Once Paul had established his background for the listeners, he presented his own personal testimony about his encounter with Jesus and explained to them how he came to his faith in Christ. Our personal testimony of exactly what God has done for us is often our most powerful message to others. We can quote the Bible to people (which helps in certain situations) or we can tell what God has done for others (which can also help in certain situations), but when a person is making the decision of whether or not to follow Christ often the most powerful thing he can hear is how God changed your life. Even if our personal story is not as dramatic as Paul’s, we can still talk about our personal encounter with Jesus.
One final note about today’s passage – regardless of what our testimony is or how well we present it, whether or not others accept it is not under our control. Some people will hear you, while others will not. You will notice that even after telling the Jews about his personal encounter with a resurrected Jesus, they still wanted to kill him as soon as Paul mentioned the Gentiles. Our responsibility is to present to others the true Gospel. Our responsibility is to share with others what God has done for us. Our responsibility is to faithfully present the Word of God. Everything else, including whether or not the people who hear us will accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, is up to God. When we do our part, and let God do His, we will never go wrong.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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