The Wordless Book

Thursday, Oct. 29                                                      

“Preach the gospel all the time; if necessary, use words.”—St, Francis of Assisi.  I’m just not sure where Francis stands in terms of salvation.  I believe that Francis was an honest man, a good man, and I hope to see him in heaven.  I like the above quotation, too, although I’d like to add a caveat.  We definitely can demonstrate our godliness without using words.  In fact, our words are meaningless if we don’t live godly lives.  A godly life should attract people and should point them to the One who paid for their sins.  But they also need an oral presentation of the gospel message.  Paul says in Romans 10:13-14:  “For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”  The problem with Francis’ quotation is the “if necessary” part.  Words are necessary.  And this is precisely where we come up short.  It’s so much easier to avoid a confrontation.  Boldness to speak is not a strong point for most of us.  But we will not win many to the Lord without opening our mouths.  Most of you know about the “wordless book”—black, red, white, gold, and green.  Blank pages, no words.  But the blank pages would bring blank stares without someone explaining it.  That takes words.  Wordless is worthless

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