Paul tell us in 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” He shows us one significant way to gain influence. It is by being humble, not by being ambitious, and thereby winning the respect of those around you. Joseph, Daniel and Esther worked hard to do well and please the Lord. They did not do it for themselves. God placed them in different places and they made the most of it. In all three cases, they served kings and influenced nations.
God has set each of us in different places. Whether it is geographic or socioeconomic, we all can have a positive influence on those around us. Our workplace is an ideal place to share the Gospel and show the world who Christ is. Not just our workplace, but school, grocery store, neighborhood, or Friday night football game. Paul knew if we win the respect of others, if we gain their trust, then we are much more likely to make a difference in their lives. We will be put into positions to share the love of Jesus and to let His light shine through us. We may be the only real examples of Jesus someone has ever seen. So it does not matter if we are in school, have an entry-level job, or are in the executive suite, God set us to have a level of influence. Since we have been entrusted with influence, we must learn to steward it well. Once we have the relationship, we have an opportunity to share our testimony. Our testimony is simply a story about what God has done in your life. There is no magic formula to it, except that it gives God the glory to the blessings, hardships and outcomes you have faced.
Your testimony is one of the most underutilized tools of sharing the gospel. No one can take your testimony away from you. It is your experience and for those who know you, a valid point of discussion. Besides, your testimony is also one of the most powerful tools in spiritual warfare. If we desire to have our friend’s ears opened, we must also realize they are being closed by the enemy. Our testimony is a secret ingredient to having a major impact for the Kingdom. In Revelations 12:11, we are told “the enemy is thrown down by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.” On the surface it is a nice thought. Most of us stop at the first part of the verse. The enemy is thrown down by the blood of the lamb. Jesus beat Satan and death for us. So that is it, it is finished. If we don’t finish the sentence, we miss a critical ingredient to having a wider level of influence. Our testimony is the second half of the equation. It is not reading our Bible or going to church three times a week. Satan is out to make sure as many people as possible reject Jesus. He uses all kinds of means to keep people’s ears closed or cloud their mind with the wrong thoughts. Our way to influence others and open their ears to hear the gospel is to use our testimony.
The Israelites in the Old Testament had to keep sharing their testimony over and over again to remind them of what God did for them. The Feasts of the Lord was the way God set it up so the Israelites would continually remind them of His goodness. Each year the head priest would sacrifice a lamb for the sins of the nation. But it had to be done every year because the blood of the lamb was not perfect.
The great news is we now have the perfect blood of the lamb. We have the first part of the equation handed to us with Jesus sacrifice on the cross. So we need to use our testimony. It becomes a weapon to deliver the knockout punch to the enemy. While Jesus took the keys of the kingdom back, we have to battle the enemy until Jesus returns. As we speak, words are released into the atmosphere. God tells us, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). Our testimonies release the glory of God into the atmosphere and takes the enemies power away. It opens the door for others to hear and see the goodness of the Father. Our testimonies are one way to release the power of God into the atmosphere.
Why is your testimony so important? It is the way God releases power to throw down the enemy. There are a number of benefits to sharing your testimony that expands your influence. It is a way to declare blessings over someone. Many times someone who has been healed by God, will have a special anointing to share that same type of healing. If God healed someone with cancer, then they may have the healing gift to cure cancer. This is a way to bless others and bring life to the hurting. Another benefit is by giving encouragement when someone is in a tough situation. Sharing how God showed up in your life in a similar circumstance will give the person encouragement to keep going. You may not even realize how powerful your testimony is when you share it.
Today, share your testimony with someone and watch what Holy Spirit does with it. I guarantee, you will be amazed at what will happen. God will open ears and hearts to hear His message of hope and love.