We are responsible for carrying and communicating the most important message in the history of the world: the message of peace with God through Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Our message is inherantly glorious and powerful. But how we communicate the Gospel is important too.
Many people need us to show them the Gospel, not just tell. They need to see it in our lives.
There is an old adage that goes: "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
As we try to express the meaning of Christ to those around us, we must make sure they know we really, really care.
St. Francis of Assisi has been credited with saying, "Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." Some doubt he said this, but as one who wrote about Francis, I think the gist is good. We must have "telling" in our Gospel message, but we must also have "showing."
We should love others deeply from our hearts; not simply to get a conversion ... truly, truly love them. We should listen and care about their lives, and not turn every conversation spiritual. We should be a real friend - the kind of friend we want others to be to us. We should live life alongside of those we care about.
For some of us, we need a little more showing in our telling.
I'd love to hear from you. What are some ways you have done this for others? What are some ways others have done this for you?