By: Kylie Brooks
Believing in the testimonies of others is a crucial part of faith. In John 3:9-15, Jesus explains the importance of this when He is talking to Nicodemus. He says, “Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?”
Jesus is attempting to explain baptism to Nicodemus by speaking about wind and water but he doesn’t understand it, he asks Jesus, “How can this be?”
Nicodemus is not putting his faith in Jesus and what he says, but Jesus is the only person from Heaven, so He is the only one who can speak on these things. Jesus says to Nicodemus, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
We do not all experience the same things in life, so we should not berate others or deny their experiences. We should all feel that we are able to share our testimonies because they can be powerful tools to bring others to faith.
When people hear stories of what God has done for others, they may begin to wonder what He could do in their lives.
Testimonies can also be good reminders for ourselves of why we believe in God and can help us to stay strong when we struggle.
We should live our lives celebrating all of the things God has done in our lives. We shouldn’t just hold all of that joy we feel in. We need to be excited in the fact that we are able to share that joy with others.
Even if you know someone doesn’t believe, talking about a miracle that God has done could for you, could be one of their first steps in the direction of Christ.
Think about the last testimony you heard or read. How did it make you feel? How have testimonies, your own or others’, contributed to your journey in faith?