Pastor’s Pen: My story glorifies God

The last two weeks of youth group have been weeks of learning about one another. Two weeks ago several of our adult leaders gave their testimonies. What does that mean?

Think of a person on the witness stand. They are asked to give their account, or testimony, of what occurred. They tell what they saw or heard. A gospel testimony is telling the account of what someone saw or heard that brought them to the point of acknowledging Jesus as Savior from judgement and Lord or master over their lives.

One usually includes lessons God has taught them since their acknowledgement of Christ as Lord of their lives.

Last Sunday the teens in our youth group wrote down their testimonies. They wrote of when they first heard of Christ, their doubts and the struggles they have gone through. It’s obvious that God has been working. It was eye-opening to learn where some teens have been and in what areas they are still seeking guidance.

Yet in all of this, God is there. He is working through experiences, adult leaders, families and friends. God is directing through His Holy Spirit and His Word. God is moving and that is great to see.

These “God-sightings” are things I wouldn’t know about if the leaders and teens weren’t willing to share them. I’m thankful that they did.

Paul shares his testimony in Acts 22. He had been arrested and was sharing it with the people who were determined to kill him. He told what God had done in his life. Later in 1 Peter 3, Peter is talking about times when we suffer for following Christ.

He tells us not to fear “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15) We are encouraged here to talk about why we trust God.

Why do you hope in God? I challenge you to write it down and share it with family or friends. Remember that the focus is on God.

It’s all about Him. As you share your testimony it will encourage believers to stand firm in the faith and challenge others to take a look at Christ as Savior and Lord.

And no matter what, reflecting on God and what He has done will give Him all the glory — and that is our highest goal and purpose.