Giving Testimony

John 5: 31-47
Ex 32:7-14 / Psa 106

…there is another who testifies on my own behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
(John 5:32)

When we share our life testimony
We give thanks to glorify God’s Name.
What we share in our humility
Is not for personal gain or fame.

“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony cannot be verified. But there is another who testifies on my own behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard His voice or seen His form, and you do not have His word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom He has sent. You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life. I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:31-47)

Reflection

Sharing one’s life testimony for Christ in a breakfast meeting is what makes our community most unique among the family of Catholic charismatic organizations. This culture of giving witness, or testifying about our personal transformation moves many of our breakfasters to take their first step towards discovering a new life in the Holy Spirit, and a unique personal encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.

What is a life testimony? The dictionary defines a tes’timo’ny as an open declaration or profession of one’s faith. It comes from the Latin word testimonium, which stands for witness. All Christians are called to witness, because we are Christ’s testimony to the world; we testify that He is the only way, He is the truth, and He is our life. It is a presentation of the Good News or the Gospel through one’s own personal experience. The testimony is about the relationship one has with Jesus, and the change one has undergone because of this relationship. Clearly, the purpose of relating our life testimony is to share the Gospel in terms of how Jesus personally intervened in our life, and in the process transformed us into “a new creation”. St. Paul admonished: “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who will judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingly power: Proclaim the Word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, and encourage through all patience and teaching” (2Tim 4:1-2).

Evangelization is every Christian’s duty if we want to consider ourselves members of God’s kingdom. The Savior’s words ring clear today as they did more than 2,000 years ago in Galilee when before He ascended into heaven, He commissioned His followers to “Go, make disciples of all the nations; baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you” (Mat. 28:19-20).

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