We did not buy one of those expensive phones with “plans;” just a cheap little prepaid phone with an hour of talk time good for three months. After a year I can still count the number of times I have used it without taking my shoes off, and I have amassed enough minutes to carry on a peace conference between two double-talking diplomats.
Yet I do keep it handy, and I forgot it was in my sweater pocket the day I happened to think that the load of laundry I was running was perfect for that sweater, and the sweater was dingy around the cuffs from petting dogs and sitting around smoky campfires. So I threw it in the washer as I went by, and found the cell phone in the bottom a half hour later, sparkling clean but dead as a doornail.
Not because we thought it would work, but because we have had to be so frugal for our entire married life, we let the phone dry out completely, then tried charging it. It has worked fine ever since. It even remembered the phone numbers Lucas programmed into it for me. I bet you would like to know the brand, wouldn’t you?
I have something else that is a whole lot more valuable than a cell phone, and many times more amazing. Why can’t I bring myself to talk about it just as easily? Actually, it has been easier lately. I think we worry too much about how to do it, instead of just letting it happen. Evangelism happens as you live your life.
If I had simply told you that I had this cell phone, it would not have made an impression on you. But when I told you how it has helped me in difficult situations and then how dependable it was in spite of how I abused it, it suddenly became much more interesting, didn’t it?
That makes my daily life a much more important part of my Christianity. How can I expect to have any influence when I do not live like I have anything more than anyone else has? If they do not see me overcome, if they do not see me return good for evil, if they do not see joy and contentment regardless of my financial situation, if they do not see peace in my life when others with the same problems are falling apart, my life is not evangelism. In fact, it is quite the opposite. What we perceive as a lack of interest in the gospel may simply be a lack of interest in what we have because of how we are behaving.
Live your life like a testimonial. You will have more opportunity than ever to spread your faith, even without some sort of special “program.” People will only want what you have when they see it in action.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shines unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:14-16.
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