The Power of a Testimony

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Mark 5:18-20

After he had been healed and helped by the Lord Jesus, the “maniac of Gadara” wanted to go with Jesus as He left.  But Jesus did not allow him to do that, telling him instead to stay there and tell everyone he knew about what had happened.  He was simply supposed to go around to his friends and give his testimony about the Lord helping him and having compassion on him.

He did just this and here are the results: “…all men did marvel.”  He went out and told people about what Jesus had done for him and to him and the people marvelled at his testimony.

We can (and should) do the same exact thing.  One of the most powerful things that we have when it comes to witnessing to others is our testimony.  Simply telling people what the Lord Jesus has done for us is a powerful witness for Him.  We may not have as “extreme” of a testimony as this man had.  We might not have literally run around among the tombs, cutting ourselves and crying out as we were possessed by devils.  But we were “darkness, but now are ye light.”  (Ephesians 5:8)  We were “abiding in death” and now we have eternal life.  We were slaves to sin, but now we have the Holy Spirit within us, helping us and guiding us.

We all have a testimony and we should all be using that testimony to bring people to Him.

One response to this post.

  1. Indeed, Ben

    “We all have a testimony and we should all be using that testimony to bring people to Him.”

    Amen.

    I used to feel like I came to Christ through a back door because I was raised in a Christian home. (The ‘back door theory’ did not make me immune to testing and trials!) It took me a while to realize that although some testimonies seem to have more ‘drama and excitement’ than others, but for each experience, there is someone who needs to hear exactly what we went through. All we need to do is share what He has done, and He will do the rest.

    Blessings
    ann

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