In history, there was probably no one more effective in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ than Paul. Paul traveled all over the known world, preaching, sharing the Gospel, and writing much of the New Testament.
Paul was changed by Jesus, and he wanted others to be changed by Jesus. That shaped and guided most of his life. But, how did he do this? We actually see a glimpse of this today in 1 Thessalonians 2: 8-9:
8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. 9 You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
Paul says this, not only did he share the Gospel with the people, but he shared his entire life with people. And that right there, that is how the Gospel is most effectively spread.
Not just with words. But by our lives. Because folks really won’t desire to know about a God that loves them until we know that we love them. The Gospel is spread with words, yes. People must hear the Good News.
But the Gospel is spread the most with our lives. It is our love that amplifies the Gospel. It is our love that truly shows the power of the Gospel. It is our love that truly points people to Jesus Christ, above all.
Our lives speak much, much louder than our words.
And right now, in this moment, the world needs to hear our lives. Lost folks need to hear our lives. Folks that are in need, need to our lives.
Friends, we’ve got to do more than just talk about Jesus. We’ve got to love, love everyone, just like Jesus.
That’s how Paul spread the Gospel in a hostile world. Today, in our world, we are called to do just the same. Our lives speak louder than our words.