Todays ACTIvate adventure is for Chapter 27, by Liz Lugt, who is amazing;y effective in life and ministry wearing multiple hats as mother, speaker, coach, leader & elder in the Hammersmith congregation:
Don’t tire of sharing your testimony
We see here in Acts 26 that within days of sharing his testimony with the governor, Paul gets to share his testimony again, this time with the king and his sister. We can learn two things from Paul in this situation:
- Firstly, we should always be ready to share our testimony i.e. what our lives were like before we met Jesus and how He has changed them since we invited Him to be our Lord and Saviour. I won’t say any more about this as Andrew discussed this in Mondays blog post.
- Secondly, we are to never tire of sharing our testimony. If we read of this account in Acts, we can clearly see that Paul shared his testimony with great zeal. In fact, he considered it a privilege to be able to tell again of the awesome things that God had done in his life (v2 “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense…”). And he didn’t let the fact that he was standing before the king intimidate him into watering down his testimony. No, if anything, he seemed bolder in what he said. And the very fact that the writer of Acts saw fit to record Paul’s words in detail says to me that it’s important for us to be able to share our testimony over and over again. And to never tire of doing so.
Revelation 12 v 11 – 12 says “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
This scripture tells us that as believers, we triumph over the enemy of our souls by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony. The latter takes boldness and faith. And it takes us never losing the wonder of how Jesus changed our lives. So often we take the ‘easy route’ to being a witness for Jesus by reducing it to simply how we live. While this aspect of sharing the good news is crucial, we should never accept it as a substitute for speaking out, using words, for telling others what Jesus has done for us. People can argue against the who, what, when, where and how of our faith, but they can never refute how Jesus has changed our lives.
Spiritual living is never tiring of sharing our testimony.
It’s how we overcome.