Faith Out Loud
1 Timothy 4:15-16
New International Version (NIV)
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save(A) both yourself and your hearers.
I just heard on the radio that the majority of students entering college this year have some form of hearing loss. Because of our advancements in technology, headphones and speakers can be louder and clearer than ever. I too have often surrendered to the myth that louder is better.
I’ve also, at times, surrendered to the myth that loudness about the Gospel is better. There are times I’m so in love with God that I want to shout it out at the top of my lungs! I sing the song “Shout It Out!” and I want to do just that!
But while I think God does enjoy my enthusiasm, those who are watching me and listening to me will hear me more clearly if I speak with my actions. If time and repetition show that I’m being constant in my faith (and not just screaming like a banshee after an awesome mission trip), I’ll be more likely to “save” people for a better life – the one that I’m trying to live in a closer relationship with God.
Until Everyone Hears,
Wow, that is so true. Sometimes those that speak the loudest are those who don't have to speak at all… I have maintained the belief that witnessing by my actions is more powerful than standing on a street corner "Bible Thumping…"
Thanks for the added insight.