No Words Needed

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Posted in Devotional

No Words Needed

One of my favorite ministers repeated this mantra during a sermon when I was young, and it has remained with me ever since:

Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary. (Shout out to Brother Randy C.!)

It's a simple idea with great depth. Talk about Jesus...but just with your actions. No scripture references; no big debate — just the way you carry yourself day to day. How is this possible?

Maybe it's in your smile as you pass someone in the hallway at school.

Maybe it's in your willingness to shovel snow for your next-door neighbor of your own accord.

Maybe it's your silent prayer as you pass an ambulance on the highway.

Maybe it's a hug to a brother who's had a rough week.

Maybe it's a cup of hot tea waiting for your grandma during a visit.

It doesn't matter what the effort is — it's showing kindness and care, just what Jesus preaches.

John 13:35 says, "By this all men will know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Simply loving another — no matter how I show it — is exactly what the Lord is asking me to do. There's no need to exhort with a long-winded monologue; and in reality, no need for a long letter, either. Showing my love will distinguish me from the rest of the crowd; showing my love will set me apart; showing my love will make an impact.

As a writer by profession, words are my go-to. I write things on a daily basis, professionally and personally. But words can take a backseat sometimes (as difficult as it may be at first); I have learned that they do have their place.

When Jesus was on the earth, He stayed away from complex verbiage, and many were converted simply by His power alone. Sure, what He had to say was incredible — but the miracles He performed and the peace He carried spoke volumes on their own. His sermons and teachings were icing on the spiritual cake.

This week I challenge you to just preach the Gospel. And use words, when necessary. You never know, you may "have entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:1-2) or planted a seed into someone's heart who was waiting for something more.

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  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    16 December 2014 at 23:50 |
    I remember this being preached in my branch as well.. It really is something to think about. Thank you for sharing!! Truly a great reminder of how we can affect others without even realizing it.

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