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    How Important Is Your Testimony?

    As I was reading the Word this week, I came across a story that I’ve read many times before–the story of Jesus healing a leper. You can find the specific narrative I read in Mark 1:40-45:

    And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, ‘If You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, and He said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded [see Leviticus 14:1-32], as a testimony to them.’ But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere.

    Now, we could spend all day discussing how this healed leper disobeyed Jesus’ warning not to tell anyone what had been done for him. Instead, I want to focus on the cool thing that happened in spite of his disobedience.

    The Bible tells us that God works everything out for the good of those who love Him. After being healed from leprosy, I’m sure this man loved Jesus and because of that love, he just couldn’t keep the news of his healing quiet. The cool thing is that God used this disobedience to touch a multitude of people.

    As this man spread the news of his healing, Jesus became more and more famous. Finally, so many people in the city had heard of Jesus’ miraculous work that He couldn’t even enter the city without being recognized as a miracle worker; the people did not yet know that He was God in flesh. The Bible says that Jesus stayed in unpopulated areas to avoid being recognized, but that was not enough–people still came from all over the region of Galilee and found Him.

    This wasn’t Jesus’ first miracle. His first recorded miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Sometime after Cana, Jesus traveled to Capernaum and performed several miracles there. Each time Jesus went somewhere and performed miracles, there was usually at least one person who went around spreading the news of His miracles, whether He asked them to or not. This is how the power of Jesus was made known to people.

    This is also true today. The way our friends and family discover the power and love of Jesus is through our testimonies. You might think you don’t have a testimony because you’ve never experienced a miraculous healing or something supernatural, but that’s not true! Maybe you’ve never gotten involved in any really bad stuff like drugs or witchcraft, so you think you don’t have anything to share about the power of God, but the opposite is true!

    I’ve met so many girls who have been in church their entire lives and never really gotten involved in bad stuff, but that is one of the greatest testimonies of all! That shows the true power of living a life for God, and it gives hope to those of us who have dealt with the “bad stuff”– it shows people that God can and does give us the power to walk away from the bad.

    I don’t know what the man Jesus healed was like in life, but I know that his testimony affected so many people that Jesus couldn’t even continue to enter his city because so many people wanted to be with Him. There are people in our world today who don’t own Bibles and who’ve never heard of Jesus. There are people we know who’ve heard of Jesus, but don’t know anything about Him. Our testimonies about what Jesus has done in our lives are way more powerful for these people than a story from the Bible ever could be because they’re personal.

    Have you used your testimony to increase Jesus’ fame?

    There is none like You, O Lord; You are great, and great is Your name in might (Jeremiah 10:6).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    15 COMMENTS

    1. this is a really great point that you made in that miracle that Jesus did. I never saw it that way before! apparently though I cannot say that I have never been through terrible seasons of trial in my young childhood years, but I always thank God for what he has brought me out of so I can be that testimony. Thanks again for this article! (:

    2. Girls, a boy recently died at my school (its a small private school). As of yesterday on Twitter, he was the number one subject tweeted on twitter and now remains at number four. He touched so many lives, even ones he didn’t know. Everyone is effected by his loss, but because of him, five people decided to give their lives to the Lord today, and that is amazing. So, your testimony IS important. Never doubt that for a second.

    3. There are so many ways that the above bible verse could be interpreted. Of course we each have our own line of perception and point of view. The above verse in my perspective indicated that God is right in front of our faces, he wants us to get up and fight the good fight. He wants us to be prepared and wake up to wear our body of armor. Our armor is the Word.

      We have been disabled, handicapped for so long dealing with our own emotional turmoil that we have often forgotten about God and his one and only son, Jesus Christ. We have often slipped back into a coma, that we couldn’t prepare for the upcoming battle. That the “leper came to Jesus” we were that leper, we were the sinners who were unclean and one of the lost sheep who needed to be saved. And so, we kneel down, pray and asked Jesus to forgive us for our sins. And he does forgive us.

      Remember in John: 1-2: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” God loved us so much that he sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus was the lamb, he came to take our punishment that we deserved and he released the chains that bound our hands and feet. He was willing to take the fall and save us. That is a true testament of his Greatness, that he would wipe out generations of sins and save a “scum” like us. We are nothing compared to God, we still continue to sin and ask for his Forgiveness everyday. We will always continue to be sinners because we are easy to anger, gluttony, judge people by their first impression and whatever other sins are. We are like a tiny grain of sand, yet God knows us from the inside out and he knows who we are because he created us in his image.

      Who could have such magnificent power but God alone. That is one of the reasons why there are so many controversy about God and Jesus Christ, especially among the non-believers. No matter what news there is of and about God or Jesus, their names are so infamous that people would always pay close attention to them. That is how much the Almighty God truly is.

      Amen.

    4. This article is great, but the important thing to remember is that your testimony needs to be reflected in your life. You can have the greatest story in the world, but if people cannot see Christ in you, they won’t believe it, or they won’t care. Make sure you live in a way that reflects Christ’s love to everyone you meet, because that can be the greatest testimony of all!

    5. Thank you God who art thou in heaven <3 for bringing me to this website to read this article! 😀 I am willing to share my testimony to those around me, please pray for me girls to be strong and trust in Jesus, he will give me the right words to say. Exodus 4:12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."

    6. honestly i dont much. but i want. i feel like i have a greattt testimony. but sometimes i wish people would ask me more then id defenantly say more. but on the other hand some of my friends dont really believe in jesus. and i dont wanna force it on them. but i know i can touch so many people with my testimony! i just know it!!

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