With every post I publish, there are two fears that I must first defeat: Being called a fool, and mishandling Scripture. Many Christians publicly display their weaknesses and vulnerabilities on a variety of platforms. We share our testimonies as an offering of proof that Jesus Christ is the only Savior, Healer, Comforter, Teacher, and Lord. I absolutely love writing to encourage others in their walk with God, but if I may be candid, I must admit that it scares me.
As a relatively new Candid Gal and blogger, I find myself obsessed with and validated by the numbers, such as shares, tweets, likes, and comments; however, as a reader, I rarely do any of these things. A post may be so encouraging that I want to stand up and applaud. Others are so true that it’s all I can do to contain a silent tear or a burst of laughter. Many times, I don’t truly comprehend the impact of a post until days, weeks, or even months later. By then, all that I remember is “I read somewhere that…”, yet the writer’s wisdom comes back to me in perfect timing. Even though I seldom publicly react to a post, every writer on Candidly Christian has impacted my life and my walk with God in ways that you will never know.
God Is Looking For A Few Good Fools
God uses your testimony to shape mine, and so it is with every Christian who shares what He does in their life. Some people may very well call me a fool, but God loves to use the foolish to confound the wise. Jesus promised that those who follow His command to share our testimonies will be acknowledged before God. I imagine Jesus sitting next to the Father, and Jesus pokes God with His elbow and says, “Hey, Dad, have you seen what Victoria has been doing? She just loves Us and wants everyone to know it!” With this image, the fear of appearing a fool fades with renewed faith that God will use my words for His glory.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 6:14-16).
Jesus Already Fixed Your Mistakes
As a recovering perfectionist, I also fear that I could screw this up and lead someone astray. Freedom from this fear comes with acknowledging and accepting it as an unavoidable reality. I’m not perfect, none of us are, and that’s the very reason we need Jesus every day. He knows my heart is sincere, and I know that He died to wash away my mistakes, so I can stand boldly before the Him and call him “Abba, Father.” When God sees us, He doesn’t see the mess we made; He sees His perfect Son. I am free to offer my testimony as a sacrifice from my heart, free of blemish.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and how correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
Trusting God To Use Your Testimony
One of the last commands Jesus gave the disciples before He ascended to the Father was to teach others, and He promised to be with us always. I remember this promise, and many more, with every post I submit. I always send my posts off with a prayer, even when the almighty “submit” button mocks me, daring me to be so bold. God’s purpose goes far beyond likes, shares, comments, or tweets. I know God is faithful to those who serve for His glory, so I rest in the promise that He will use my words for His purpose, in His timing.
To my fellow Candid Gals, and to all Christians who risk self-exposure in Jesus’ name – this post is for you. I pray that you may built up in the knowledge that you serve a God whose reach goes far beyond any social media platform.
So What About You?
What challenges do you face as you share your testimony?
If you liked this blog post, keep your eyes open for our upcoming book, Candid Conversations, where Heather Hart, the founder of Candidly Christian, has partnered with 25 other Christian women. While each story shares a unique perspective, the prevailing theme is that we all struggle, but there is hope to be found in Jesus. Coming August 13th, 2018. Kindle edition now available for pre-order.