testimony noun – a firsthand authentication of a fact: evidence; an outward sign; a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official; an open acknowledgement (Merriam-Webster’s)
Read or write the Reflection Scripture.
God is the source of all life. Real life, eternal life begins in His Son. In Christ, your story is evidence of His story.
Reflect on your story. The one God continues to write even now. What comes to mind?
What are the highlights of your story? Think about the grandest part of your story thus far. What makes it special?
What part of your story would you like to forget or change? Why?
Can you see any good coming from what you consider the worst? Has it changed you in some way? Would you be who you are now? with the same faith you have now? without this part of your story?
When we find life in His Son, He uses every moment of our story for our good and His glory.
Are you willing to allow God to use all of your story to love others?
Read 1Timothy 1:12-17
Paul shared his story with Timothy, a young preacher whom he was mentoring. How does Paul begin his story? What does he reveal about himself in this account? What did he experience with Jesus?
What is Paul sharing at the heart of his story? What does the re-membering of his history with Christ lead him to?
This is Paul’s before-and-after story. Consider yours. Who were you before you received His mercy? What about after? Does it fill you with thanks? Move you to praise?
How might you prepare yourself to share the story of the Gospel in your life to introduce others to Him and bring Him glory?