Kathleen Patterson: Why Words Are Necessary to Share the Gospel

In my nearly twenty of years of working with Christian leaders around the world, this is a common conversation – how “Christian” are you in the workplace, and how open are you (or should you be) about sharing your faith?

PREACH WITHOUT WORDS: One common response to this is to preach without words, based on the phrase “preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” The only validity in this phrase is that our actions should reflect Christ, to truly live this Christian walk out. If we are not living out our faith with true evidence, that is a problem, that is the imposter.

Galatians 5 provides insight as to what a life in the spirit and a life in the flesh look like, and the evidence of both of these. The evidence of a life in the spirit, or the “fruits” of the spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (NKJV) — do our actions speak these?

We are also given the evidence of a life in the flesh: “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like” (NKJV) — do our actions speak these?

Honestly, sometimes it may be hard to know if someone truly is a Christian, a good way to know is to look at the evidence. I am pretty sure I have seen the flesh in many a workplace, as I am sure you have too — and it may have been us at times, if we are honest. So maybe our imperfect actions are not enough to share the gospel.

The temptation of not using words to show Jesus is often the relief of just not having to share your faith. The greater temptation may become to hide our faith or at least keep it on the down low — but that temptation is dangerous. If you become silent then the slow fade begins towards the day when you cannot, or better not, be open about your faith in Jesus Christ.

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Source: Christian Post