This is definitely a touchy matter. I know how hard it is to get through to someone you know, I go through it a lot with friends, neighbors, and family.
The answer is: testimonies!
Some people think testimonies aren’t good enough unless it goes like this: “I was divorced two years after my marriage, I went into drugs, lived in sin all the time, and finally came to the Lord in my deepest trouble!”
Well, let me tell you, that isn’t the only “good” testimony. Sometimes a simple explanation with a simple Truth (the Gospel) makes more sense than a flowery testimony!
We will explore five points of a Testimony that is vital:
1. Make sure it is entirely true. You don’t want to be caught making up “excitement” or anything else about the most important event in your life!
2. Have it rehearsed. Now, I don’t mean when you give your Testimony that you drone on something you have memorized over and over again. Just make sure it is clear for your audience.
3. Make sure to include the Ten Commandments)! For example:
“Grandpa, I realized I was a sinner, which meant I had stolen, breaking the 8th Commandment. I also broke the 6th Commandment, murdering, (for it says in Matthew 5:22 ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.’)
“I broke the 5th Commandment because I dishonored my parents in committing the other sins. I looked with lust, thus breaking the 7th Commandment (for Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.’)!
“And that was only 4 of the Ten Commandments! So, I could tell, I was in big trouble! You see God can’t allow our sin into Heaven. He is perfect, and we are sinners! He saved me from Hell, and from my sin. What about you, Grandpa? How do those commandments apply to you?”
4. Don’t forget to mention Hell. You might have reasons not to mention Hell to the person you are witnessing to, but Jesus spoke of it 15 times. And that was just using the word “Hell”, not to mention all the other suggestions of it!
5. Be prepared for Questions! Follow 1 Peter 3:15:
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.