NLT 1 John 1:1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
The testimony of others has helped me discover I have something worth saying too. It’s both motivating to know the value of testimony in my own life and terrifying to try to figure out how, and why, to share it with others. Self-protection skews my motivation into the need to be a poster child for Jesus. I know far more than I am able to live out so I hesitate to speak but John has given us a very simple plan of what to proclaim and why.
Read the cliff notes:
We have heard and seen with our own eyes and hands this one who is life itself. We testify and proclaim he was revealed to us so that you may have fellowship with us, with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ so that you may fully share our joy.