I’ve never been the one to share stories let alone a testimony in how God has transformed my life and how He has used me in ways I could have never imagined to glorify Him. I’ve always encouraged others to share their testimonies since I believe it’s perhaps one of our greatest opportunities in sharing about who Jesus was and what He has done through the lives of His followers. Ironically, like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not much of a sharer myself.
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8
Last year involved a lot of growing up for me, considering the challenges that arose and opportunities that presented itself, especially when it came to my spiritual journey. But who would’ve known about them? Did it they actually matter to anyone else? Was it going to make a difference in people’s lives? If not, then why bother sharing at all? These were the questions that were in my thoughts quite often and sadly, very few knew exactly what was going through my mind.
However, I feel very blessed and have this urge, perhaps a tug from the Holy Spirit to share this personal highlight of 2017. I had the opportunity to manage our church website and more so managing the content that goes on it such as our weekly blog posts. These posts would be shared in our newsletter and on Facebook, which I’m happy to learn that many people enjoy reading. These people who often read them can probably recall me chasing them for articles to write as well and I have to admit that at times, I did feel bad (I swear I did!). A lot of these writers probably don’t know that reading their articles is by far one of the greatest privileges and joys I’ve had in witnessing who Jesus is through their testimonies. I’ve experienced Him transforming lives, restoring families together, ministering to others, engaging action, giving hope and honestly many more wonders that go on and on.
This is the experience that presented to me a revelation. I realize that we often shy away from these incredible testimonies and play them down at times. If you think about it, they aren’t our stories, to begin with, but rather God’s proof that He is real and working in our lives. I pray that this year we can encourage more of an environment where we can share amongst each other and most importantly those who have yet to know Him the amazing things He’s done and yet to do.
After all, our lives that God has blessed us with can be the light that people need in a world filled with darkness. A light that people are not aware of and are desperately looking for. I pray that we can understand this and commit to not being afraid or ashamed in sharing who Jesus is through our testimonies and lives overall.
–Mar Jay Rigor