“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Three Other Ways to Preach
(Please read 1 Peter 3:1-2, 15-16; and 1 Corinthians 11:21-26)
In a small West Texas town during the Great Depression, there lived a good man who worked at a service station for a living but his heart was in preaching. He spoke often at a local church and usually conducted a few revival meetings in other towns during the summer. When someone asked, “Are you a preacher,” he sometimes answered lightheartedly and humbly that he had been accused of being one but never convicted.
Actually, since preaching is to impart the gospel, meaning the good news of Christ, to others, all Christians should “preach.” Because preaching doesn’t always involve standing before an audience and delivering an oration. Many people have been led to Christ by simply observing Christians who live as the Lord wants us to live, with our very lives doing the preaching, as the apostle Peter taught in the first of our texts.
Other good preaching can be done when Christians are asked about their hope in Christ, which requires us to be able to respond knowledgably. Only God knows how many people have been brought to Christ by such encounters, but surely they can be very effective in teaching folks not only how to become Christians but also how to live.
Think now of a church service where, as the early disciples did on the first day of the week, people partake of what we call the “Lord’s Supper,” a special way of remembering how His body was broken and His blood was shed for us. This is a way of proclaiming (“preaching”) our steadfast belief that the Lord Jesus died for us, as our third text indicates.
May God help us all to be good proclaimers; that’s a vital part of the life of a Christian.