Speaking Through Goodness

Would you like to have an easier time witnessing to the lost? Talking to the lost is not really difficult, but for those who actually have gotten to the point of sharing the gospel with someone, there are times when words just do not seem to penetrate hearts and souls. Romans 10 reminds us that faith comes by hearing, but why then does it seem that people who hear us share the gospel are often left unchanged. My guess is that we are forgetting to let our actions speak the gospel too!

We live in a generation where it is normal and acceptable for a person to live their day to day lives with a chip on their shoulder. While we may call it cleverness or being a little “snarky,” we really have developed a culture that tolerates rudeness or crass behavior within certain limits. So in our current times, more than ever, we should consider what message our actions are sending as followers of Jesus. With that, allow me to call your attention to a verse from Matthew:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15 [ESV]

Jesus said it himself; if we are going to shine the light of His good news to the lost around us, we need to be examples of goodness. Many of you could turn to personal stories of how a good deed made it easier for you to focus on the Lord. When both of my children were born we had people who were not family or church members offering to prepare meals for us, which took one more thing off our plate while we were learning to take care of the tiny blessings He had knit together for us. It wasn’t a ton of people, but the actions made a difference.  A national Christian Radio Network, K-Love, encourages its listeners regularly to participate in Make a Difference Mondays, in which listeners should do a random good deed for someone. Honestly though, why should a Christian only initiate random acts of goodness when our lives should be testimonies to an immensely loving God?

I can tell you that this is an area of my life that I know could use some work. There are plenty of times when my attitude turns sour when I’m worn-out with the messy situations that come with different parts of life. Let me tell you that it is okay to be human and get frustrated at less than ideal situations. However, to really start spreading the Good News of Jesus, we need to begin making good deeds even more frequent in our lives. The light of Christ should be spilling out of our lives, so you and I need to seek to do more of His good works. When we do, we should expect to see more lives giving glory to our heavenly Father!

Written by Timothy Hegerich. Edited by Caroline Hegerich.

There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world.  It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!

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