If you have a relationship with Jesus, you have a story to share. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of sharing your story and perhaps you've told yourself "it's not exciting enough" or "it's complicated." The truth is sharing your story is as simple as telling people what God has done for you. That was the approach the woman at the well in John 4 used. It says that many believed because of her testimony. The woman simply told the Samaritans what Jesus did. In Acts 22 and Acts 26, Paul told his story in about 500 words -- 2 to 3 minutes at normal speaking pace.
With a little preparation, your story can be a powerful way to give God the praise he deserves and to help others draw closer to Him.
Here are three tips to make sharing your story easier:
1. Focus on one or two things that are special.
Focusing on one thing makes your story easier to tell. Choose what sticks out as special or remarkable. Perhaps it's your decision to ask Jesus into your life, your experience of a test of faith or a particular way God used you. Every significant experience leaves us with a "before" and "after" in our lives. Explaining how your life and heart was changed makes a great story every time.
2. Point to Jesus.
The hero of your story is Jesus. He is the ultimate change-maker. Jesus is the one who transforms our circumstances, our choices and our responses. He is always either visibly at work in our lives or invisibly guiding events through the Holy Spirit
3. Tell a friend.
The best way to prepare to share your story is to write it down. Nothing forces us to think deeply and clearly about what Jesus has done for us like writing. When we talk to people in conversation, even in our own minds, we naturally are inclined to boil down our words to the essentials. And, by writing your story the way that you speak, you'll be ready to share it verbally when an opportunity arises. The most important thing is to remember that the power of your story is not in the words you choose or in the drama of the events you recount. The power is in expressing an authentic, personal account of how Jesus is alive and at work in you.