"Testimony may be the most underused force in Western Christianity today." according to Dr. Tom White in a recent Voice of The Martyrs magazine article. VOM is doing some great work with persecuted Christians around the world. Here are some additional excerpts from their July 2007 Magazine.
In the Muslim, Hindu, and communist worlds, many are powerfully touched reading about the merciful Jesus in the New Testament, but most of those in extremely hostile villages can barely read. When they witness the joy of the Christian and hear the testimony of changed lives, many come to Christ.
I think we all get caught up in the mental aspects of faith, needing to know some set of spiritual laws, the Romans' Road to salvation, or some other type of "trick" to lead someone to faith in Jesus. All we really need to do is "be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy." (1 Peter 3:15-17)
I feel this is best done in relationship you have with someone, but many are willing to listen to your story, especially if you listen to theirs as well. It is hard to argue with a story about a changed life, or the power of God you personally have seen.
Let us all take a step of faith and reach out to someone today. This great story from Revelations should help take away any fear we might have:
War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. The great Dragon—ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray—thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth. Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,
Salvation and power are established!
Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah!
The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out,
who accused them day and night before God.
They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb
and the bold word of their witness.
They weren't in love with themselves;
they were willing to die for Christ.
So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there,
but doom to earth and sea,
For the Devil's come down on you with both feet;
he's had a great fall;
He's wild and raging with anger;
he hasn't much time and he knows it.
Revelation 12:7-12 from The Message (emphasis added)