Have you ever had someone try to “sell you” on their new diet or their new workout plan? Are you disappointed when they tell you about all the benefits and wonderful results, but you find out they just started it 2 days ago?
Do you ever fall into a similar scenario with your faith? Christians can’t impact the world by just spouting out “benefits” of faith. We can’t expect a neighbor or co-worker to care about our beliefs if we don’t actually put them into practice.
Going back to the workout illustration, I don’t shrug my shoulders at someone’s fitness plan just because they don’t look like a professional athlete. I’m genuinely interested in hearing about how someone feels better and gets results if they are actually using the plan. Similarly with the Gospel, your words will truly connect when your message and your life match. When you are living out your faith, when you are pursuing God daily, and when your life demonstrates that you are following Christ, its worth listening to.
You don’t have to “arrive” or “have it all together” to share your faith, but you cannot lead someone to something that you are not pursuing yourself.
Today’s question – Should you take a minute now to “work out” your faith? Read James 2:14-26. What is an intentional way that you can practice your faith today so you are continuing to grow tomorrow?