The gospel we preach with our lives is just as important as the gospel which comes from our lips. When I trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior as a college student, I remember getting so excited that I wanted to tell everybody. (I didn’t know enough Christians to understand that you weren’t supposed to get excited.) There were many people I shared my faith with in those days, but I was young and brash. I probably turned just as many people off to the gospel as my friend, Gary (see the devotional for August 7th).
After enrolling in Florida Bible College, I found a job at Brinks as a guard on an armored truck. I would help the men bring money into the truck, even though that was not my job. We worked together for a few years, but I never told them about Christ. Are you surprised? Don’t be. When I invited these men to my graduation at FBC, every last one of them came to the ceremony and heard the gospel. I didn’t have to throw my religion on them. I didn’t have to twist their arms or trick them into coming. They came willingly because I had built a relationship with them.
You can’t argue with a silent witness. People can speak against the things a man says, but they can’t argue with his testimony. Like a picture which doesn’t lie, a Christian’s manner of life will provide proof whether he really believes what he claims.
I hope you are sharing your faith, Christian. But even more important, I hope you are living it out each day. Those who know you best — your friends, family, and co-workers — will not be fooled if your words and works don’t measure up. (They won’t be convinced to put their trust in Jesus Christ or follow your example, either.) Build up your silent witness each day. Hard as the world may try, this witness cannot be silenced.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder