Thoughts on Testimony

I’m gearing up to finally start sharing my story of how I ended up in Bolivia! Before I do, I wanted to share my heart behind sharing personal testimony. ♥

Testimony is descriptive, not prescriptive.

I love to use the blind men Jesus healed as an example of this. One man He touched and the man’s eyes were healed (Matt. 9:27-31; 20:30-34). He put clay on the eyes of another man and had the man go wash, and then the man was healed (John 9:1-7). For Bartimaeus Jesus simply spoke and he received his sight (Mark 10:46-52). Yet another time Jesus had to lay hands on a man twice before his sight was fully restored (Mark 8:22-26).

So what then is the proper way of healing a blind man? Seems there isn’t a specific way it has to happen. But what is consistent in every case is that it does happen, and that it is the Lord Jesus, preforming the Father’s will in the power of the Spirit, making it happen.

Just because God does something a specific way in my life doesn’t mean He’ll do it the same way in your life. Don’t feel bad or feel like you’re doing something wrong if God doesn’t work in you the same way He works in me!

When I share a story of how God has worked in my life, I’m not trying to share a teaching about how God works. God can and does accomplish the same end using different means.

That said, there’s always the possibility He will work in your life in the same way He works in mine. And that’s okay, too. 🙂 Just keep your eyes fixed on our Guide, not on the method He uses to guide.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5, NASB

Eternal and universal truth can be illustrated in testimony.

…and I pray that the Lord gives me the articulation to highlight the eternal and universal truth that can be brought out of the testimony that I share!

My relationship with Pinterest is a great example of a story that doesn’t necessarily apply to others, but the principle behind it applies to everyone.

I’ve had to give up Pinterest – no turning back. For me, it was too much of a snare. I loved using it as a tool to collect and save resources, especially for teaching and cooking! Unfortunately, I had the hardest time not getting distracted by it. I might go on intending to find a new recipe to try that week, and hours later find myself looking at pictures of snow leopards and galaxies or just mindlessly scrolling through pins.

My efforts to bring my Pinterest time under control didn’t make things better. Trying to be responsible wasn’t doing it. Telling myself I wouldn’t get distracted next time didn’t keep me from getting distracted next time. It became clear to me that I had to give Pinterest up completely, and that to refuse to give it up would be to rebel against the clear leading of the Lord.

It would be really easy for me to start preaching against Pinterest and telling everyone they needed to delete their accounts and renounce all association with it. But Pinterest wasn’t the problem. My lack of self-control was. Pinterest can be a powerful and helpful tool in the hands of those who have the self-control and discernment to manage it well. I shouldn’t expect anyone else to give up Pinterest just because I had to.

What I should encourage is that others root out anything that distracts them from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. If I ever find myself exhorting another believer to remove distractions, I can give my Pinterest story as an example. But the whole reason I’d give it would be to make clear the underlying truth that applies to all people everywhere in all time: let nothing distract you from Christ.

Pray that the Lord gives me the ability to bring out those truths in every personal story I share!

My desire is to share what I’ve been given.

Ultimately, what I’d like to do through sharing my life is to encourage you all, spur you on in your pursuit of Jesus, and make much of that wonderful Lord we are pursuing. I firmly believe that all the gifts we are given, we are given so that we can bless others. My life, my story, my ability to write – these are all gifts the Lord has given me, and I want to use all of them to build up the body of Christ.

I pray this blog as a whole will bring life to those who visit, whether it be through delighting those who love me, encouraging fellow believers, or maybe even inspiring the next one God calls to go to the ends of the earth. I desire for the life of God to pour through me as I walk in step with His Spirit.

This is no small task! Yet in Christ I have everything I need for all that God calls me to. And you do, too. 😉

With eyes on Him,
Olivia

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  1. “Just because God does something a specific way in my life doesn’t mean He’ll do it the same way in your life. “Don’t feel bad or feel like you’re doing something wrong if God doesn’t work in you the same way He works in me!”

    Amen! Interestingly enough, the devotion the Lord Jesus gave me this morning to write is related to this, but from a different perspective. The subject was judging others rightly or wrongly, and one of the wrong ways to judge others is by comparing them to ourselves, and expecting God to work in their lives the way he did in ours, or assuming that just because we had a crummy attitude about something that others do, too. But, the standard is not us. it is God.

    “What I should encourage is that others root out anything that distracts them from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

    Amen! My husband and I gave up our TV set in 2008. I don’t expect everyone to do the same. Yet, I do believe a lot of Christians are addicted to TV, and that there is a lot of filth and junk on TV, and that TV can be very mind controlling, so I would definitely warn of the dangers of TV and caution against viewing what is contrary to God’s divine character and will for our lives. And, I would urge all believers to purge from their lives all the filth of this world so that they can walk in purity of devotion to Jesus Christ.

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