In one of the many glimpses of the "not yet" reality that the book of Revelation gives us, John the Revelator informs us that The Church of the future will have overcome by "the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony" (Revelation 12:11). In other words, the power and grace of Jesus to us and our testimony of His work to others is what empowers The Church through every trial and test throughout the ages.
Have you ever thought of your testimony as being that powerful? Not just for yourself, but others? Have you ever stopped and considered the fact that your testimony might be what God is looking to use to bring His grace, power, and Kingdom reality into the here and now?
We often make the mistake of thinking that the most powerful thing for God to use in the bringing of the Kingdom and for a harvest of souls would be a great miracle, or a huge sacrifice, or perhaps a brilliantly eloquent explanation of the reason for our faith. But according to the Bible, the most noteworthy factor in the success story of the people of God, after the blood (grace) of Jesus, is our testimony. Not a miracle, not a sermon, not apologetics, not even willing to sacrifice, as powerful as all of these things are. No, in the end, it's our testimony that propels the Kingdom forward.
This should tell us a couple of things:
1. We don't have to have it all figured out to have a profound impact for the King and His Kingdom in the lives of others.
In John chapter nine, Jesus heals a blind man, and this man doesn't really know all that much about who this healer is, yet he finds himself having to give an explanation. As he is being grilled with questions by the religious leaders (who didn't enjoy Jesus all that much), he grows increasingly frustrated with their inquiry because he isn't able to answer them. "Who is he? What did he do? How did he do it? Is he a sinner? Is he a prophet?" The information they were seeking, he wasn't able to give them, but he does the best thing imaginable with how he answers:
He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see!" John 9:25
When it comes to our role in Kingdom expansion, we don't have to give an explanation, we just have to give an account, a testimony, and then God does the rest.
2. We must be quick, consistent and diligent in sharing our story to those around us.
It's releases overcoming, transformational power. "I was blind, but now I see." "I was lost, but now I'm found." "I was bound, now I'm free."
Not telling your story of His work in you holds you back, others back and the Kingdom back.
Our testimony of His work changes the world. May you live to tell your story often.
Here is my challenge for you: Testify to what the grace of God has done in and for you to someone this week.