Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Pet. 3:13-17
Key Verse: “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)
We all have a testimony, but do we know how to share it? We say we are Seventh-day Adventist Christians, but do we know why? If we were put on the spot, would we be ready to give an answer for our faith?
In Acts 1:8 the Bible tells us, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me.” Responding to this verse, Ellen White writes, “These words of Jesus have lost none of their force. Our Saviour calls for faithful witnesses in these days of religious formalism; but how few, even among the professed ambassadors for Christ, are ready to give a faithful, personal testimony for their Master!” (Gospel Workers, p. 273).
Whether we’ve been Christians for years or only for a brief time, God has given each of us a personal testimony—and it’s one of the most effective tools for sharing the gospel. However, the reality is that when it comes to witnessing in day-to-day life, we may only have a few brief minutes to share the joy we have found in Christ. Or maybe we won’t even get to speak at all. Maybe all someone will see is our actions, the way we talk to our family members, or the way we handle a frustrating situation. As one pastor put it, “What you are doing is thundering so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying!” Yes, our unspoken words and actions speak volumes about our relationship with Christ.
I love this quote from the book The Desire of Ages: “Our confession of His faithfulness is Heaven’s chosen agency for revealing Christ to the world. . . . [and] that which will be most effectual is the testimony of our own experience. We are witnesses for God as we reveal in ourselves the working of a power that is divine” (p. 347).
Already we have completed forty days of prayer. And God has been blessing. For the next ten days, we will focus on “daily discipleship” and the practical aspects of what it means to “be a witness” to those around us. As we continue praying for our church, our leaders, and the upcoming General Conference Session, let’s pray that God will show us how to share with others the great gift—our testimony—that He’s given us. Let’s pray that He will make us faithful witnesses for His glory!
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
General Conference Ministerial Association
[New Testimonial Page: While we are on the topic of testimonies, we invite you to share how the 100 Days of Prayer initiative has impacted your church or your life personally. You can share your testimony on the new testimonial page–see tab above. Share a few comments or even a picture of your prayer group so that others can be encouraged and blessed. Click Here to go to the testimonial page directly!]