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Let The World See

By Don Loftis | 01.06.16

On November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield.  Though he underestimated the power of his words, he stated an obvious truth: “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

The necessity for actions to support our words is seen in such familiar quotes as, “talk is cheap,” and “put your money where your mouth is.”  Religiously, that is captured by the phrase, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.”

The world needs to hear the Gospel, and preaching is as important today as ever.  However, the world desires to see the difference Christ is making in His disciples’ lives.  They want to see the forgiveness talked about in the story of the prodigal son.  They want to personally observe the sacrificial kindness present in the parable about the good Samaritan.  Folks want to see the life changing power of the cross evidenced in Saul’s conversion — a conversion so dramatic that his name had to be changed to Paul.

The Lord’s brother clearly laid out this challenge in James 2:14-17, where he wrote, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works?  Can that faith save him? … Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”  Let’s all accept the challenge to let the world see the power of the Gospel in our lives.  Nothing else will work!



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