It’s sad when a believer is asked to give a testimony and all they can do is tell of the day they gave their life to Christ…years ago. It’s great that the miracle of second birth happened. But has that spiritual child grown? What is the testimony of God’s work since then? How has God revealed Himself since that spiritual birthdate? What impossible steps of faith have been taken where God had to intervene? What has God spoken to guide, correct, or encourage? A testimony is like fresh bread; the warmth and aroma cause people to hunger. Old testimonies are like stale and sometimes moldy bread. Ask God for your daily bread. You know your weaknesses and failures. How has God revealed his new mercies and helped you to overcome?
“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.”
2 Corinthians 13:5-9 MSG