Do you have a ‘Testimony’ of what Jesus has done for you?
Can you say with David, “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul”! [Psalm 66:16].
Have YOU got a story to tell of what Christ has done for YOU or what he means to YOU? You would if you are TRULY REGENERATED! Remember the disciples never asked the Lord, “Lord, teach us to witness” but rather “Lord, teach us to pray”!
Because witnessing or telling others what Jesus has done for you should come naturally . . . if He has done anything for you at all! If the Master has touched you, you CANNOT remain silent about it!
Remember how the Samaritan woman reacted after her encounter with the Lord? Scripture records – ‘The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ”? [John 4:28]
In fact IF the Master has truly done something for you, the urge to ‘tell it abroad’ or ‘preach it’ will be so strong that you CANNOT be quieted down or shut up! One leper whom the Lord healed could not keep his mouth shut, though the Lord told him to be quiet about it!
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to BLAZE ABROAD THE MATTER, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter”. [Mark 1:40-45]
The point is not whether the leper obeyed or disobeyed the Lord, but those who have been touched by the Lord just cannot keep it to themselves! As the Master Himself testified, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill CANNOT BE HID”! [Matt 5:14]
And unlike the leper whom the Lord commanded not to tell any man about his healing, He has now (after His resurrection) commanded His disciples to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”! He has also warned those who claim to be His followers that if THEY are ashamed of Him, HE shall be ashamed of THEM on that Great Day of Judgment! [Mark 8:38]
Yes the Lord has not called all His followers to go and preach on the streets or door to door; neither has He called everyone to be preachers in the Pulpit!
BUT, wherever God has placed you, whether in a palace or a prison, whether on ‘Wall-street’ or the ghettos (slums), whether you are a young teenager or an old grandmother; if Christ has touched you, then you cannot but help tell others about it in your circle! The disciples said, “we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”! [Acts 4:20]
“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I WILL DECLARE WHAT HE HATH DONE FOR MY SOUL”! [Psalm 66:16].
Has He done ANYTHING for YOUR soul?
If you are a truly saved Christian, then God has done MUCH to redeem your soul, pardon your guilt, give you peace and joy, enabled you to overcome sin, given you comfort in the prospect of death, and given you a hope of heaven to come! And if you have experienced any of this, then you will talk about it!
Nobody needs to coerce you, threaten you or even remind you! It will spontaneously come out of your mouth! “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”! [Matt 12:34]
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy”!
Have you been redeemed?
Redeemed—how I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child, and forever, I am.
I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the daylong;
I sing, for I CANNOT BE SILENT;
His love is the theme of my song. [Fanny Crosby]
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD”! [Psalm 40:2,3]