I started this series yesterday. If you missed it you may want to start by reading part 1.
TobyMac has a song called Stories (Down to the Bottom). It opens with this line… “Stories… we’ve all got ‘em.” (and isn’t that the truth!)
The chorus goes on to say…
We've been down to the bottomStories we got 'em,when we hit rock bottomIf you been there put your hands in the airTo let the lost know that someone caresCause we've been down to the bottomStories we've got 'em, when we hit rock bottomIf you been there put your hands in the airAnd let somebody know that the Most High cares
And that is another reason why we need to tell our God-stories. So that others know that the Most High cares. To crush the lie of “I’m alone... I’m the only one who has even gone through this.” If Satan can keep us believing that we are alone he can keep us silent. And when he is able to keep us silent he wins.
But when we speak up, when we take that hard step and share our story, God will turn our mess into a message. He will take what Satan meant for bad and turn it into something good. We are to let our light shine and when we share our stories we do just that. We shine a light that shows others the way.
In John 4:1-42 we have the story of the woman at the well. Let me sum up the story instead of posting it all.
Jesus asks a Samaritan woman to give him a drink and she's all "how can you ask me for a drink. I'm a Samaritan and you are a Jew!?" Jesus tells her if she knew who he was she would ask him for a drink and she would never thirst again. The woman says "I want that" and Jesus responds with "Go get your husband." She says "I have no husband" and Jesus tells her "You are right. You have had five and the one you are with now isn't your husband." They continue some conversation and Jesus tells her that he is the Messiah.
And we pick up in verse 29. The woman has left the well and run back to her people...
"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?"
Verse 39 says,
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did."
Jesus ended up staying with them for two days and in verse 42 we read...
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
They first believed because of THE WOMAN'S TESTIMONY. Then they went and heard for themselves and decided that they no longer believe because of the woman's testimony but because they have now experienced Jesus themselves. When we share our stories we give people the change to open their hearts to God so that they can then experience Him personally... and when that happens belief is solidified!
I mentioned yesterday that God has been on trial since the beginning. When we share our stories we give testimony. We are witnesses who testify.
John 4:39 KJV
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
The greek word for testify used here is martyreo. It means:
1. To be a witness, to bear witness, ie to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because taught by divine revelation or inspiration.
a. To give (not keep back) testimony
b. To utter honorable testimony; give a good report
We need to be willing to testify to what God has done in our lives!!