The Power of a Child’s Testimony

The Power of a Child's Testimony

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? Share it in the comments below.

  • Matt Norman

    Because of what you mentioned I spent many years thinking I had no testimony. Because I was saved as a child I had no dramatic before and after story. But, I later learned that THAT was my testimony. Coming to Christ at such a young age changed the trajectory of my life allowing me to avoid many of the things that become a part of people before stories.

    • stevenknight09

      Matt, that’s awesome! I love hearing how God completely changed the trajectory of your life in that way. Great explanation of the power of your testimony.

  • Chelsea Bell

    Growing up, I never really got in trouble- I was that “good,” moral, church kid. That said, I struggled internally with many choices I did make, and a lot of guilt was laid on my conscience. I was powerless to get rid of the guilt when I messed up, and I didn’t understand why. Though I grew up hearing Scripture and the Gospel preached, it wasn’t until I was in high school through the ministry of an FCA camp that I received Christ and realized that I was a sinner in need of forgiveness. I’m a recovering moralist, but thankful for God’s grace and patience with me. :)

    • stevenknight09

      I recently heard someone say, “Guilt is not from God, but conviction is.” I’m still not a big fan of conviction, but I’m also very thankful for His grace and patience!