Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
- Romans 20:17
I was watching a Dinner Conversation rerun the other day. Mark Lawry asked Will Graham, Billy Graham’s grandson, why he did not believe in relational evangelism.
Will Graham said that our walk must match our talk, but we must speak. He quoted the Scripture above, and then said (maybe not exactly), “Nobody ever lived good enough to lead anyone to Christ.”
That’s the problem. The nonbelievers know who the Christians are, and they are watching, not to see Jesus within us, but to watch us when we fall down.
But when we speak the Gospel that Jesus came to save sinners, and that we are saved through faith, not in what we do, then, those to whom the Holy Spirit has prepared will not see our faults any longer, but God working through a person who is blessed by God, yet imperfect on earth.
God wants us to strive toward being more like Jesus, but we’ll finally get there in the next life.
And people might not agree with Will Graham’s statement, but if you were absolutely perfect without saying how you became perfect, your neighbor, who is watching, would worship you. You must speak up and let the world know that anything that you accomplish in life is only accomplished through Jesus who is within you.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.