You’ve heard before, either from me or someone else, that as a follower of Jesus, you may be the only Bible some people will ever read. But did you think about the possibility that you may be a walking Christian resource for people, too?
The former suggests that our Christian walk needs to match our Christian talk. The latter implies that we do well to know and understand our faith well as we integrate it into our daily living. This can be helpful as we interact with others, whether fellow believers, inquirers, or sceptics.
My wife paid a visit to her dentist this week – just a cleaning, thankfully! Her bubbly personality is a joy to more than just me; her dentist is always glad to see her, and they usually engage in some good conversation. This week, it was about Santa Claus. (Okay, you may be thinking it’s a bit late for that, but read on.)
It turns out that the dentist, a believer, and his wife had told their children about the myth of Santa recently, and the dentist wondered how to deal with the fact that his kids were now asking what other sorts of lies their parents told. My wife suggested that they revisit the Santa issue by telling their kids the story of the real Santa, Saint Nicholas. She offered to get a book for the family, which she has purchased and is going to take to the dentist in the coming days.
A small thing? Perhaps. But when a believer grows in Christ and is able to understand and articulate faith matters among other people, it furthers the cause of the gospel. The apostle Peter wrote, “if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way” (1 Peter 3.15b-16a, NLT).
Live your faith, and know your faith. God knows that you will make a difference as you impact others with what you learn as you grow.