Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary, use words. – Franciscan slogan
If someone were to follow me around during the day, would they be able to see that I’m a Christian? Does my life preach the Gospel? After reading that quote, these questions were going through my mind. I can talk about Jesus and say the right things all day long, but it means nothing if my actions and my life don’t back up what I say. If anything, it does more harm than good. Around the same time I came across the Franciscan slogan I was reading The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. In it he made an interesting observation: “Even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them.”
Now someone may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good deeds.’ But I say, ‘How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.’ You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? – James 2:18-20
Do your actions at work show Christ to others? When times are tough, do people see your reliance on Christ or yourself?
What the world needs is people who believe so much in another world that they cannot help but begin enacting it now. – Shane Claiborne
May we believe so much in heaven, that heaven comes to earth through our lives. May our lives show the love, mercy, and grace that has been shown to us.