What's your testimony? When did God come into your life and transform you by the power of the Gospel? We are all sinners in need of a Savior. For those who are in Christ, even though we may have different backgrounds or stories, we share the same God who changed us and gave us life in Him.
"And he did not permit him but said to him, 'Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.'” Mark 5:9
Do you share your testimony often? I know it took me some time to be open about my testimony, too long actually. Although I would rejoice for Christ saving me, I was embarrassed as I began to compare my testimony with others. I didn't want to be labeled by my failures or looked down at by other Christians. I thought that maybe I would be unwanted because of who I used to be. What a lie!
See, in Christ there is no condemnation because He set us free from sin and death! (Romans 8:1-2) God sees us as a new creation, but do we see ourselves that way? We can rightly find our identity in what Jesus accomplished on our behalf, we are fully cleansed and fully loved.
We should not be ashamed of our testimony for it shows how great our Savior is, that He would save someone from darkness and bring them into His light. There is power in your testimony, not because you did anything right but because God is capable of taking anything and transforming it for good. Because we don't deserve it and we have been given life and a new identity, we should want to boast in what Christ has done and share the testimony He has given us with others. Of course there's the appropriate time and place for details of your testimony but don't stay silent. Your testimony could be used as a tool to point someone to the Savior they so desperately need. Whether you followed all the rules growing up or did the complete opposite, if God saved you from your sin, don't let your feelings hold you back, go and share how He showed mercy on you.