1 This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the word of life– 2 and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us). 3 What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ). 4 Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
1 John 1:1–4 NET
This excerpt was taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study
What have you seen and heard with your own eyes and ears? Is your testimony a reflection of these things? Most of us are born blessed with the ability to see and hear. Through our senses we experience the unique and amazing things of life. Then we proclaim, testify, announce, publicize and otherwise make known those things which we experience here on earth. The picture above was taken minutes after my first child was born. Like all proud parents, at the first possible moment I began texting, calling, and emailing the world to announce the birth of my baby boy. Still to this day I get excited when I have the opportunity to recall moments like this in my life and share them with others. As eager and enthusiastic as we are to share with others the news of a promotion, birth, winning RBI, new car, or new dress, we seem less eager to share spiritual things. Most limit their testimonies today only to worldly things. We are reluctant to publicly proclaim the spiritual things we have seen and heard. We make excuses, and come up with clever reasons to justify our silence about the things of God. Certainly we too have seen God at work, or heard His voice first hand at some point in our lives. If this is true then we should testify, proclaim, announce, and publicize to the world the Word of Life. Read these first few verses of 1 John again and listen for the excitement and joy that is expressed in the opportunity to testify and proclaim what they had seen and heard.