As Christians, one of our jobs on earth is to tell other people about the good news of Jesus. If you’re like me, you might find the Gospel intimidating and believe you’re not qualified to teach it. You might worry you’ll say something wrong or perhaps you don’t even know how to approach it. The good news is each of us has a story about our life. When we were born, where we’ve lived, and how we’ve gotten to where we are today. Part of our stories is how we came to Christ. We all know how our lives were before Jesus, and we know how they are now that we follow Him.

Therefore, no one else can tell your story better than you. When we tell other people what God has done for us in our lives we’re being authentic because we’re just being ourselves. Telling a story. A true story. Something I noticed today when I was reading Acts, was Paul’s testimony about what happened to him on the road to Damascus seemed different than his previous testimonies. Paul is testifying before King Agrippa after having appealed to Caesar before Festus (Acts 25:10-11). Specifically, what stood out to me as different was what he said Jesus said to him.

“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Acts 26:15-18 (NIV)

While I was researching Paul’s testimonies in Acts I noticed a lot of people had questions about the differences between Paul’s initial encounter with Jesus in Acts 9, his testimony before the crowd in Acts 22, and his testimony before Agrippa in Acts 26. Acts was written by Luke, the same person who wrote the Gospel of Luke. We know Luke knew Paul and traveled with him. Therefore, what we read about in Acts, about Paul, is what Paul told Luke. I wondered as I read the various viewpoints on why these accounts were different if any of these people writing these had ever given their testimony or had ever heard the same testimony from someone else more than one time.

I’ve heard people give the same testimony over and over and often they’re different unless the person has written it down and is reading it verbatim. I first encountered Jesus over 15 years ago and I know when I tell people about my first encounter with Him it’s not always the same. I believe the Holy Spirit empowers us to remember what’s important and pertinent when we’re giving a testimony. Sometimes it might be different.

If you’re like me, you probably have a lot more to talk about than the first time you encountered the Lord. He’s done so much for me, and I’m sure He has for you too. When we tell those who don’t know Jesus our testimony we’re telling them the good news about Him in our lives. The other group of people we need to testify to are those who already know the Lord. When we tell other Believers what the Lord is doing in our lives, it brings all of us encouragement.

If you have a testimony you’d like to share, then please leave a comment telling what the Lord has done for you. Let’s rejoice together!

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.