You know dear hearts in my Christian walk I’ve learned that you don’t have to say to anyone, “I’m a Christian” because more often than not they’ve already read you like a book. The lives we live speak volumes!
Years ago when I was still a teacher, I had an experience with a parent whose child wasn’t one of my students. I didn’t know this woman’s name nor she mine but she knew something about my life living. I was on break, reading my bible and she humbly apologized for interrupting my quiet time. She said that she just wanted to tell me how much she admired what she saw in me; she called it an attribute of Christ. I thanked her and she went on her way with a smile.
Dear hearts this showed me and taught me a valuable lesson: we are being watched, observed, even when we think no one notices us. As believers we are the living epistles of God’s word. The apostle Paul told the believers in Corinth, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:2)
We are living in a world where people are in a desperate need of hope, help, healing and salvation; if we can’t show them a better way, who can? Our Heavenly Father is depending on us to reach them. We are his witnesses, let us be wise witnesses for the kingdom in all that we do and say.
The poet Edgar A. Guest conveys this lesson so eloquently in the poem, Sermons We See. I pray it blesses you as much as it’s blessed me.
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.