While many people understand that actively participating in your Christian faith involves prayer, surrendering to the Lord and living a righteous life, one aspect that can arguably be the most difficult is the ability to give your testimony to share with others how you came to Christ. Silent prayer, listening to a sermon and singing with the congregation is a general way to actively participate as a Christian and can come relatively easy for the devout.
However, something that may not come as easily for many people is speaking in front of others and divulging personal struggles in life.
Public speaking is a huge fear that is common among men, women, young and old alike. This is something that can be true for simple things like school presentations and work reports, so the thought of divulging your innermost secrets to others can be absolutely terrifying.
Understanding the importance of sharing your testimony with others can be a great way in conquering your fear and embracing the possible impact your testimony can have on others.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. —Matthew 10:32
Sharing your testimony with others is a way to show others the power of the Lord through actions and activities in your own life, which can be just as powerful as Scripture and sermons. Revealing your real life experience of how you came to Christ can help give glory to the Lord and sing His praises.
My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. —Psalms 71:15-18
Often, people are invited to address their congregation with their own testimony to give strength to others, as well as unite the congregation through their own personal stories of how they came to know Christ. While it can be important to share your testimony with others of the same faith, it can be more important to share your testimony to any and all, regardless of whether or not they share your same views.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. —1 Peter 3:15
Many times, sharing your own personal story of how Christ came into your life can have a more profound effect than simply preaching alone. In fact, in a day and age where it seems that religion can often be a taboo topic, many people can find it uncomfortable to speak about their own views and views of others regarding religion.
However, sharing your difficulties, triumphs and how you came to Christ can be a much more nonthreatening way of singing your praises of the Lord to others. Giving your testimony to others should be something you are able to take pride in, no matter what your personal story might behold.