"And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.
However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you."
And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled."
Matthew 5:18-20 (NKJV)
Very often when something is being sold, the company selling the product will have someone give a testimonial. Some person who has bought the product will tell what a great thing the product is, or how the thing was helpful for them. People who work in sales realize that they can talk about their own product and have limited results, but if they have someone else give a testimonial about that product, other people are more likely to buy it. A testimonial can be very persuasive.
In Matthew 5 we can read the story about how Jesus delivered the man who was possessed with demons. This man who had been tormented by these demons was so happy to be set free and he wanted to just go with Jesus. But Jesus told this man that he should go home to tell his friends about what had happened. The results were that people were amazed at his story. All those people knew that this man was possessed and now he was free; this was a great testimonial to Jesus and the power of God.
Everyone who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior can share their own personal story with others as a testimonial to how good God is. Everyone has a story, and while some may be more dramatic than others, everyone has something from their own experience with God that they can share to help others get closer to God. Although not every Christian is called to teach and preach, each
and every believer can share their own story of how Jesus set them free. What testimonial do you have to share about what God has done for you?