Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 10:14-17 (NLT)
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “LORD, who has believed our message?”
17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Often I remember the time when my wife and I were living in Akron and went downtown for the afternoon. From out of nowhere a man walks towards us doing his very best David Wilkerson imitation. He was wearing a three-piece suit, had his hair all slicked back, and was carrying a briefcase. Not too weird so far, but then he walks up to me and hands me a gospel tract. Again not too weird…but wait, the story’s not over. After seeing what it was he handed me, and already being a Christian, I politely handed it back to him and told him that he should save it for someone who really needed it. Now this is where it gets weird. He gets right in my face, and raising his voice in a southern-drawl, says to me, “Are you saved? Do you know Jesus as your Savior?” Please understand that it is not his sincerity that I question here, and in fact I wish more Christians shared this man’s burden for non-Christians, but his methods needed some help. What people who don’t know Christ need from His followers is sincerity and transparency. In other words, they need us to be ourselves not an imitation of some TV evangelist. They need us to act as if we truly care about their needs and situation in life. Paul says, “faith comes by hearing the Good News about Christ.” However, if we present it in a way that causes people to walk away, not because of the message but because of the messenger, what have we really accomplished? There is no doubt that people need to hear the Good News, but they also need to see the Good News as it is lived out in the lives of God’s people. Should we tell people about Jesus with our words? Absolutely! Should they be able to see the Good News by the way we live so that they want to hear what we have to say? Yes, and even more so. What do people hear when they observe your life?