“Talk, talk is cheap
Give me a word you can keep”
Lifehouse – Halfway Gone
Like most individuals who were raised in the Church, I’ve never really had a time period in my life where I was unaware of the truth. However, I have definitely had more than one time frame where I knew the truth, yet was avidly avoiding it. Heck, in a way, last week I was doing this very thing. During these periods of avoidance, I remember one of the most annoying things that Christians did was sit me down and have the talk.
If you’re wondering what I mean by “the talk”, I mean that awkward moment when they sit you down, ask you what church you’ve been attending and go off on a tangent about how concerned they are for your soul. As a believer, this sounds like something I should have appreciated. However, I honestly believe it just made me more frustrated, angry and – most importantly – resistant. Quite honestly, I believe that this upfront approach tends to push non-believers away, as well.
So, how can we witness more effectively? I mean, talk is only talk. It doesn’t mean much if you’re off doing the complete opposite of that which you should be doing as a Christian. Don’t get me wrong, we all have our things – the demons from our pasts, the one thing we are hesitant to give up, the characteristic that is “un-Christian”. I mean, it’s those imperfections that make us human, that make us capable of being saved and that make us who we are.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
However, Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 5:16 that our good deeds are what people will see. He tells us to radiate in our love for Him, shining our light around the world. And, folks, it is that same light that will rope in unbelievers. That happiness, that peace, that calm – it’s what they want a piece of. When they ask, share. But until then, walk the walk and show people what you believe.