Sharing our Testimony
We live in an experience-based oriented culture where one’s experience is likely to impact others positively or negatively. When a vacant position is to be filled in an organization, the applicants are usually required to submit their resumes accompanied by references. At the interview, they are asked to tell about themselves and share experiences relating to the job. In the Christian faith, people share their testimony to inspire, motivate or empower others. It is always good to share what God has done for us. The scriptures in Mark 4:19 states, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the LORD has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.”
Today we will look at Paul’s testimony as he tells us about his life before he came to Christ.
“At about noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from Heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me?”
” Who are LORD?” I asked.
“I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting”, He replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of Him who was speaking to me.
” What shall I do, LORD?” I asked.
“Get up”, the LORD said, and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do. My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. He stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight!” And at that very moment I was able to see him. Then he said, ” The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now, what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name. When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance and saw the LORD speaking. “Quick!” He said to me. ” Leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.
“LORD, I replied, these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him. Then the LORD said to me, “Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.”