“Any gospel that never announces what Christ has done is no gospel at all.” –Kevin DeYoung
Preach the gospel” it has been said, “And if necessary, use words.” Such a statement initially seems commendable. The idea behind such a thought is that our lives are to be lived out in such a way that people see Christ in everything we do. It is true; the believer should live with spiritual and moral integrity.
But does such a witness really appropriate the Great Commission in a comprehensive, understandable language? Is it really necessary to use words? Well, consider the following statements:
– Feed the hungry, and if necessary use bread.
– Clothe the poor, and if necessary use garments.
– House the orphan, and if necessary give them shelter.
Hungry people need more than a virtuous person living before them, they actually need bread. Poor people need to see more than a degree hanging on a wall from a prestigious religious institution, they need clothing. The orphan will never come in from the rain by sheer virtue of your doctrinal statement. The lost and unregenerate need more than kind and gracious hospitality, they need the gospel. We should give it to them…and use words while doing so.
Daily Reading: 1 Kings 10-11
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