We love to hear amazing stories about how God saved someone from a life of rebellion against Him. This stories typically emphasize the abundance of sin that a person committed before they received salvation through Christ.
These stories are amazing, but our church culture has highlighted these stories sometimes to a fault, by unintentionally minimizing the power of a simple testimony. Even the testimony of a child.
My guess is that many of you have these “simple testimonies.”
A child’s testimony is powerful. Many people relate to these kinds of testimonies, and they can often have a large impact when shared. Regardless of what type of life someone lived before receiving salvation, a simple testimony demonstrates that everyone needs Christ.
If a child can understand the gospel clearly and receive salvation at a young age, then anyone can understand it and receive salvation. That’s why a child’s testimony is so powerful.
I have a simple testimony. I received salvation from Christ at the age of 5. I understood the Gospel, and committed my life to following Christ. Since then, I have grown in my relationship with Christ and continued to serve Him, seeking to follow His calling for my life. Yes, there’s more that I could share, but at its core, my testimony is a simple story about a child who received salvation from Christ and began to follow Him.
I have shared my “simple” testimony with many people. When Jesus called His disciples, He called people from a variety of backgrounds. Their stories help us understand how anyone can receive salvation, regardless of their background. The apostle John was most likely a young teen when he first started following Jesus. In fact, Jesus used children as the standard for understanding the gospel: “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3, NASB).
A child’s testimony can be very powerful.
What is your testimony?