Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.
Yesterday I posted the song “Do Something” by Matthew West. Not all of us are able to drop everything and run to another country to help spread the Gospel. We are where the Lord has planted us and I’m sure if he wanted us to run off to another place to spread the Gospel He’d let us know.
Everyday we should go about our lives, being the hands and feet of Jesus. Much of the time we don’t have to “preach”. We just need to be. I have a story I want to share that showed me how much this is true.
One Thanksgiving week quite a few years back, I got a call from my boss. We were both off work that week for the holiday and she had never called me at home before. She told me her husband had died in his sleep that morning. She had woken up to find him in their bed, deceased. She was quite shocked and upset. I was being supportive on the phone with her and in the back of my mind I was wondering why she had called me. Then she said “Would you pray for me?” I guess I could have said that I’d keep her in my prayers (and I did), but I just said of course and started praying. I did offer to come to her but she had her sister coming and that was good. I didn’t want her to be alone.
I don’t “preach” at work. I don’t even have scripture hanging around my desk. She knew that I was active in my church and that I sometimes took off from work to go on church retreats (Via de Cristo). We may have had small conversations about faith. But I was floored that she came to me and asked me to pray for her.
So keep in mind that as you go out into your world that you are “preaching” the Gospel whether you are talking or not.