Does our testimony about Christ have to be verbal? Or can it be lived out?
There’s a famous quote often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi which says: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.”
There’s a lot of wisdom in that idea, but too often we go to one extreme or the other: we’re either so vocal about Jesus that we drown out other concerns or stumbling blocks to faith, making those who don’t believe feel uncared-for, or we try to be as “worldly” as possible, so as to blend in and not attract attention.
I just found this commentary today that made me think about where my testimony lands on the spectrum, and Brent Kunkle asserts that we should be talking less and listening more to those who have yet to come to faith in Christ. He says that talking through their concerns not only hones and perfects our evangelical approach, but helps them in their search for truth.
Give it a read, and ask yourself, am I talking too much or letting God speak through my life?