I know you- you’re the girl who grew up going to church every time the doors were opened, got saved at a young age, listened to Adventures in Odyssey and Kids Sing Praise (please tell me I’m not the only one), and maybe even did a Bible Drill or two. Sometimes you’ve felt like just the “good Christian girl”. Oh of course you’ve had your ups and downs, but really you’ve followed Christ your entire life. You’ve listened to many testimonies from people whose lives were radically transformed by the Grace of God, who were redeemed from addiction, infidelity, depression, and more. And other people responded and connected and God moved. And you sat there thinking, my story could never do that. My story can’t reach people. My story can’t make a difference. My story is boring.
I’ve been there. I’m that good Christian girl with the boring story. There have been times in my life when I honestly felt like my story wasn’t worth sharing because God hadn’t done anything “radical” in my life.
As I began learning how to reach out to others with the Gospel, I learned that a person’s story is a powerful tool that can be used to reach people who are far from God. When sharing your story (or testimony) You talk about your life before Christ, how you met Christ, and what He has done in your life since. For me it felt like, “Well I didn’t always share my toys when I was 4, but then Jesus came and saved me!”. I know that is a wrong way of thinking, but if you’re the girl with the boring story, you’ve probably had similar thoughts.
But I’m so glad that God has revealed to me that my story is powerful too, if I’m willing to just share it. My story is the story of a girl who was dead- who was so sinful by nature that there was no way I could get to God. It’s the story of God in Flesh making a way, coming, dying so I could live. Of God raising me up in new life. I was dead in sin, even in my 4 year old state, but was made alive in Christ. It’s the story of a girl who had the privilege of knowing God from an early age but growing into a deep love relationship with Him. If that’s not a transformation, I don’t know what is.
Sharing your story when you think it’s boring is hard. But give God the chance to use it. There’s a lot of “good Christian girls” out there who think they are saved, but are actually far from God, relying on their upbringing to save them. Share your story. Reach them. Reach others. Tell people about the transformation from death to life. Your story may not be filled with radical lifestyle changes, but it’s the story of a life radically changed.