The power of Christian example is tremendous! God intended to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by teaching in word and in deed. Teaching “in deed” includes teaching by example. Our light begins with the Lord for He is our light and our salvation (Ps. 27:1). Jesus said “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16). The light from Christ comes into us through the word that is implanted deep within our souls (Js. 1:21). Second Corinthians 4:6 states “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). Paul says we spread the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere (2 Cor. 2:14).
In evangelism members who are members “in deed” are driven to action and are vital to the cause! They are fragrant in a pretty smelly world (2 Cor. 2:14). Outsiders observe Christ living in these individuals and often follow their lead in coming to Christ. Sometimes we ask ourselves - what if every person practiced their faith just like I did? What would the church be like? What would her future be like? Do people see Christ in me? Are they curious in drawing closer to the Lord because of the Lord being lived out by me? How is my example helping spread the word?
A Christian example is vital to influencing and saving the lost. Some brethren are socially gifted. People naturally gravitate to their kindness, affection, love and sincerity in the Lord. These brethren often invite people to church and so many are encouraged by an “in deed” faith that is lived out in serious devotion to our great God. Often these brethren simply leave the door open and encourage outsiders to walk through.
Evangelism and Bible study with outsiders who become friends of these brethren are often easy conversions. Why? Because so many of aspects of the Bible are being lived out by these faithful brethren. What is written in the word is written in their hearts and is lighting every dark corner of the world of which these are engaged.
Consider a young man who was once dating a faithful young lady in a congregation. This young lady was serious about her faith. She was gentle and fun, yet strong in the Lord. What she professed on Sunday morning, she lived out the other days of the week. Saturday nights were faithful just like Sunday mornings. When he would observe her family and the church family, he knew they were paying more than lip service to Christ. Bible study with him and his eventual conversion was a cake walk because of the Christ he observed being lived out in the church.
Let us let our lights shine as we attempt to draw all men unto Christ!