Perhaps one of the most powerful things you have is your very own story. Everybody has one. No two are the same. Christians have another word for their story: Witness. A witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching), and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event. A witness who has seen the event firsthand is known as an “eye-witness”. The word witness comes from the Greek word that gave us martyrs. Originally, martyr/witnesses weren’t killed, simply tortured for details of the truth. According to a Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Statistic from 2006, an average of 171,000 Christians worldwide are martyred/killed for their faith each year.
Now I can understand why few people would want to share their story. Some people have gone through some pretty horrific things in their lives. Stories are personal and not always something somebody would want to broadcast. Here’s the thing though, the more we keep our stories to ourselves the fewer oppertunities people around us get to hear about how God is working in our lives and waiting to work in others lives if they’ll accept Him. Our stories are imperfect, they point out our failures and the things we’re not quite happy about ourselves. They show others that we’ve made through rough times and that they can too.
Each of us have a story, it was written before we lived out day one. God does know what will come of it. Are you ready to live it out and find out for yourself?