I don’t understand it! How come my colleagues and neighbors aren’t getting “saved?” I’m a diligent, hard-working team member, always going out of my way to help others. I always tell my customers to have a “blessed day.” Every day people see me using my favorite, “How does Moses make his coffee? Hebrews it!”- coffee mug. I even say grace in the cafeteria.
My neighbors have watched me go to church, faithfully, every Sunday for the past 10 years. I serve as the vice-president of the homeowner’s association and led the fight for Bill and Sue to have a Ten Commandments yard sign. I sport a “Jesus Fish” on each of my vehicles. I volunteer at the homeless shelter once a month, and I coach the girls “little-disciples” softball team. I even mow old-man Tanner’s lawn, every weekend! And after all my “Christ-like” living, not a single person has come to Jesus!
“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words,” may have a spiritual ring to it – but it certainly isn’t sound biblical teaching. Jesus commanded His followers to go and make disciples (Mt. 28:18-20), but disciple-making doesn’t happen apart from our words. If you want to be an effective disciple-maker, you must be willing to share your story, and be willing to tell Jesus’ story.
People will not be compelled to wake up one Sunday morning, run down to the church on the corner, and “get saved,” because you are a nice person, or even a righteous person. Our lives should reflect our faith – but we live like Jesus, so that we can Tell those who notice, about Jesus. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).