If you find yourself in a situation where you want to talk about Jesus but you don’t know what to say, just remember na may kwento ka. Your story is a celebration of what Jesus has done in your life and when people hear how God is at work in our lives, it makes an impact. Stories have power; they have the ability to change and challenge you. Stories are often God’s chosen method for transformation.
Sharing your story is as simple as telling others how Jesus has changed your life–sometimes we call it a testimony. It is something Jesus often encouraged those who he healed to do (Mark 5:19). Ang pagsusulat ng ating testimony ay worth the time. This is a powerful tool para maka-connect tayo sa tao to share Jesus.
Here are some helpful tips on how to build and clarify your Jesus-story.
Construct a statement and story for each of the following points:
- WHAT your life was like before Jesus? Kung wala si Jesus, wala rin tayong identity and purpose. Think of 3 phrases that can give a clear picture of what your life was before Jesus. Perhaps you were filling your life with an addiction (social media, alcohol, bad relationships) because you lacked purpose. Or you felt lost in the world because you had no place to belong.
- WHY did you follow Jesus? Sharing how Jesus changed your life is a powerful story. This helps you avoid cliches at mas nagiging personal ang pag-share ng gospel. Magandang focus sa mga internal na nangyayari sa buhay mo hindi lang sa sequence ng events when sharing your story. People will be impacted by hearing about your change of heart. For example:
I really believed that no one could ever love me but I was looking for it everywhere. It wasn’t until I heard the story of Jesus’s death that I started to comprehend that I was loved–even cherished.
- HOW your life has changed since following Jesus? Jesus transforms us. He gives us a new identity and purpose. Share how Jesus has impacted and changed your life. Magandang mag focus kung paano binago ni Jesus yung life mo base sa mga naibahagi mo sa section one. Share how His love and mercy has shaped your emotions (no longer angry, anxious, etc), or changed your actions for the better (love helping people, don’t react, forgive quickly).
5 Tips For Sharing Your Story
Be Fresh — Ibahagi kung ano ang ginagawa ni Jesus sa iyong buhay ngayon. Jesus is always changing us, so take notice and be ready to share a recent story.
Be Honest — Authenticity is often the make or break for people. You don’t need to embellish or exaggerate. Instead, trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you in sharing your story.
Be Specific — Wag kang matakot maging vulnerable. You can include details–about the journey of your heart and the truth and lies that rose to the surface of your mind; this will help make your story relatable.
Be Normal — Gumamit ka ng everyday language na mauunawaan ng iyong mga kaibigan. Iwasan ang mga Christian cliches.
Be Sharp — A story that has a point is powerful. Be careful not to explore too many tangents, instead focus on the main thing Jesus has done in your life.
May kwento ka at ang Holy Spirit ang helper mo. Get out there and start sharing your story. Trust the leading of the Holy Spirit as you share your testimony. Siya ang gagalaw sa buhay ng kaibigan mo.