“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”– Isaiah 52:7 (NIV).
One of the characteristics of the early church was eagerness to share good news of what God had done. We see that with the first missionary team of Paul and Barnabas who never lost a moment once an opportunity rose. “The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them” (Acts 15:3-5).
There are always two significant outcomes whenever good news of what God has done is shared. First, the person who is sharing is encouraged as those he shares with affirm his testimony. But even more those he shares with are too encouraged, if not moved to hear these good news. Testimonies can lift up one whose faith is on a low keel. There are heartwarming and inspiring stories to those that receive them that theirs is a good and solid cause. This is why sharing testimonies is one of the key characteristics of the Christian life.
Now if there is anything which all Christians have in common is that every believer has a testimony. No believer who has walked with Christ can be without a testimony of something good and powerful God has done in his life, worthy sharing. However, unfortunately while some believers are so eager to share a good report just like Paul and Barnabas, some others are rather shy about it. They will hold on to all the good things God has done for them close to their chest denying others all the opportunity to hear and be moved of God’s wonderful grace.
But isn’t that sad! Why be like one who enjoys a delicious meal beneath blanket covers, perhaps for fear of someone snatching the dish away. The one thing we should all know is as we share of God’s wonderful deeds in our lives, so he blesses us more. And perhaps here you may ask, when was the last time you called up someone to testify of the goodness of the Lord in your amazing life!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to give testimony how so good you have been to me, taking me through the valley and blessing me more than I deserve, for the glory of your kingdom, and I am so full of thanks, this I pray in Jesus’s name!