Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27
It is right that we praise God for gifted men whom He has enabled to eloquently and truthfully preach the Word. To have such men teach us is truly a privilege and one which we need be grateful - but what about our role in preaching and teaching God’s Word? What witness and testimony are the ordinary, not-so-eloquent, like most of us, to be and give? I honestly believe that true words of the gospel and doctrinally clear statements of faith, will never cut it unless they are aligned to a life that says the same. In other words, do our lives portray to others an accurate picture of our God? What do those we mix with learn from us, not only from what we say, but also our daily conduct?
There is a lot of truth in the adage “actions speak louder than words.”
The great prince of preachers, C.H. Spurgeon once rightly said:
A man’s life is always more forcible than his speech. When men take stock of him they reckon his deeds as dollars and his words as pennies. If his life and doctrine disagree the mass of onlookers accept his practice and reject his preaching.