by Jill Lienemann, Kesher International Missions | ©2011
“Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.” (Joel 3:13a NIV, ©2010)
According to an article in Mission Network News, 70% of the world’s population are considered oral learners. The most effective sickle in your possession is your own salvation story through your own words. “God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him.” (I John 4:14 CEV) “The one who gives life appeared! We saw it happen, and we are witnesses to what we have seen. Now we are telling you about this eternal life that was with the Father and appeared to us.” (I John 1:2 CEV)
Your testimony consists of three points: your life before Christ when you were separated from God, how you trusted Jesus as your Savior, and the impact on you after submitting yourself to the Lord. There is no need to exaggerate your experiences for the evidence of God’s glory in you is enough. “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT) Make sure to spend more time on the latter half of your chronicle and include ways that God provided for your specific need(s) (emotional or physical).
First write it out so that you can be concise about what you want to say. Now replace any phrases that are Christianese, which won’t be understood by a non-believer, or from pop culture, which will not translate well. Then rehearse your narrative out loud so you will feel confident when your opportunity to ‘swing the sickle’ presents itself in the mission field. But most of all “…don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.” (Matthew 10:19b NLT)
KESHER TIP (connection): Double-Edged Sword
In addition to sharing your testimony, be prepared to present the plan of salvation using Scriptures. Different methods like the ABC plan, Romans road map or Bridge illustration can help guide you through the process. Check with your leadership to see what they recommend and if tracts or visual aids will be available for your utilization.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)
Go to the next devotion entitled, “Celebration”, in this Harvest devotional series!