I altered the above graphic. The link to the original graphic is below.
I was reading a post by Cole Ryan and followed a link on that page to some graphics that he made pertaining to the Gospel. Cole is a wordpress blogger with some good things to say and you can find his page here.
There was one graphic that caught my attention. It’s text read, “Sometimes we need to stop preaching the Gospel and just display it.” I believe what Cole was trying to say was more along the lines of the disputed St. Francis of Assisi quote, “Preach the Gospel, if necessary, use words.” Both quotes attempt to say that we should not just share the gospel verbally, but we should do it with our actions.
That much is true, however, I believe that the idea is carried to far by many people. The idea being that it is not important to verbally spread the gospel, but it is more important to do good deeds. I don’t believe this is biblical. After all, faith comes from GOD and hearing the Gospel (Romans 10:17).
Christ was always about his Father’s work; He both displayed the gospel and spread its message verbally, most often simultaneously:
- He spoke the gospel when he going about the mundane things of life, like eating and drinking. (John 4:13-14) (Matthew 9:10)
- He spoke the gospel when healing the sick. (Matthew 9:27) (Matthew 9:35)
- He spoke the gospel when consoling grieving people. (John 11:25)
- He spoke the gospel when raising the dead. (John 11:38-44)
I could go on but you get my point. The fact is, as a church, aside from worshiping GOD, our main purpose is to share the Gospel. It’s one of the last things that Jesus said before he left to be with the Father:
Matthew 28:18-20 ESV –  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus did comfort his disciples here: “…I am with you always…”, but he also commanded us to share the Gospel, and to make disciples. So, Let’s preach the Gospel, and display it.
1 Peter 2:9, 12 NIV –  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. …  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.