If evangelism is one of the truest tests for real discipleship, then I think it is about time to remove the stigmatism from one of evangelism’s most effective tools—the testimony. I have attended a Church of Christ since before I turned one. In all of those years, in all of those bible classes, in all of those worship services, in all of the assemblies—I have never heard a testimony from anyone other than the preacher or the visiting missionary; individuals that most people view as the Church or Christian “Professionals”. Scripture contains several men and women—regular people who testified about what Jesus did in their lives.
There was that leper who came to Jesus begging for compassion. Jesus healed him of his leprosy and after sternly warning him to say nothing to anyone—the man still went out and loudly proclaimed what Jesus did. In fact, he told so many people “that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But He was out in deserted places, and they would come to Him from everywhere.” (from Mark 1:40-45) The crazy naked man in Mark 5, the one who had the Legion of demons thrown out of him and sent into the pigs, he wanted to go with Jesus. He was denied, Jesus said, “ ‘Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.’ So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed.” (from Mark 5:18-20) And then there was that Samaritan woman, so ashamed of her life that she went to the well at noon to avoid everyone. She runs into Jesus and doing a one-eighty, she leaves her jug at the well, runs into town, searches for everyone she knows and begins to tell them about a prophet who knew all of her dirty laundry—but was gracious and merciful and loving anyway. The whole town turned out to meet Jesus and ended up believing in Him. (from John 4:7-42) There was also the blind man who thought the Pharisees were asking about Jesus so they could follow Him. He had already told them Jesus restored his sight, and after his parents confirmed that he was, in fact, born blind, they asked him a second time how it happened. This time they told him that Jesus is a sinner and the blind man—this important–he answered, “Whether or not He’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!” The blind man is not claiming Jesus is God. He didn’t offer messianic texts and prophecies. He simply shared what his life was like before meeting Jesus and what it was like after. (from John 9:8-33)
These brief accounts don’t include all of the examples that can be found; and it doesn’t even begin to list all of the testimony given by Peter, John, Stephen, Paul and so many other “professional” types going out to proclaim what Jesus did. The most powerful evidence of God is not what can be proven by science, archaeology, manuscripts or in a theological debate. The most powerful evidence is you—and what God has done in your life. So go tell someone what He has done today!