Our Faith is Not Private

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

In recent years, we’ve witnessed the Christian faith “going private.” By that we mean keeping one’s faith out of the public spotlight. Even Christians get caught up in this so that they fear expressing their faith in any venue outside of church. While it’s true that we cherish our private times with the Lord, we live our faith before the public eye. Where do we begin this public faith? It all begins with baptism. In baptism, we tell the world that we belong to Christ. We publicly proclaim our inward experience of knowing Christ.

How can we publicly demonstrate our faith?

1. By influencing those around us.
While we cannot abruptly change behavior around us overnight, God often chooses to work in more subtle ways. For example, the joyful Christian can turn around an otherwise depressing atmosphere at work. While others complain about the boss or their workload, the Christian spreads cheer through a positive attitude and through efforts to be helpful. Eventually workers discover that person is a Christian, and it opens the door for further conversation about spiritual matters.

2. By publicly living out the Christian life in front of others.
We shouldn’t try to live a covert Christian life. Let others see us as we get up early on Sunday morning to attend services, with Bible in tow. We should not be too shy about speaking up on Christ’s behalf when people discuss religion. We, after all, have something important to say and our voices should be heard. Neighbors should see that we do not host wild parties at our homes, where drinking and revelry occur. We should seek to obey all laws and contribute to the well-being of our communities. Of course we should be ready to give a reason for the hope within us that leads us to live differently (1 Peter 3:15).

3. By sharing God’s love and message.
It’s no secret that when tragedies strike communities such as natural disasters, Christians often show up first to help. They often spend many weeks away from their homes and jobs in order to provide vital assistance to the stricken community. What a great opportunity to witness to others about God’s love and hope.

Christians should resist any pressure to “keep their faith to themselves.” We should eagerly share our faith by loving others and pointing them to the hope we have in Christ. Listen to Jesus’ words:

“And he did not permit him but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you’ ” (Mark 5:19).

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