“Jesus sent [the man healed from demon possession] away, saying,“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
Luke 8:38 – 39
I recently shared my family's story publicly. I didn't want to do it because part of me was afraid of being transparent and part of me was afraid of being labeled a "Bible-thumper" because of how I shared our testimony. But with much prayer, rewriting, and encouragement, I told the story I never thought I'd share again. And I was blown away by how God used it to point people back to Him.
Have you been in that place before? Wanting to share what God has done in your life but afraid of coming across the wrong way? Here are three practical ways to share your testimony in a non-Bible-thumper way:
1. Be natural and conversational
Most people don't talk in Christianese. Phrases like "covered by the blood of Jesus," "Praise the Lord!" or "Hallelujah!" sound strained in a conversation over turkey-swiss sandwiches or even in a Facebook post.
It helped me to imagine I was telling my story to a friend who's never stepped into a church. Even though I wrote about missionaries, secret sins, and miracles, I tried to frame it as a compelling narrative, with a focus on how God moved the story onward instead of looking for preaching points.
2. Be honest and humble
I used to think that I need to gloss over some details that might detract from the overall thrill of the story so that my listener will be even more impressed with God. But God doesn't need our PR or marketing strategies. He simply wants us to share what He's done.
The Bible is full of people who made mistakes but were used by God in great ways. People connect to brokeness, honesty, and transparency. We're not the heroes of our stories; God is.
Be willing to share the ways God has worked despite you, and keep the focus on Him.
3. Share it!
In telling my story, I wanted it to be "just right," so I delayed sharing it for months. I reworked phrases and changed references; I tweaked a sentence here and there. But really, I was procrastinating telling my testimony because I was afraid of how people would react.
Don't let anything, whether fear or rules (even this guide) keep you from honestly and enthusiastically sharing what God has done in your life.
Because your story and my story? They matter. They’re pages in a Book that contains a narrative far greater than our own, and our little pieces all come together to tell the Bigger Story – the One about the God who is faithful to His people, even when they’re not, because He loves them just that much.
So share your story naturally, honestly, and humbly, and watch God draw people close to Him. There's no greater reward in sharing our testimony than to hear this Samaritan town's response:
They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Tell us: Have you ever shared your story scared? How did your listener respond?