Life-style Evangelism

Lifestyle Evangelism

Lifestyle Evangelism

Do you witness with words or works? That is a wrong question because it is a false dichotomy, as if the two are alternatives opposed to each other. They are actually complementary, like your left and right hands. You will be greatly handicapped if you are left with just one. Try picking up a marble with only one chopstick, not one pair.

His father was a lay Catholic priest in Taiwan, who helped the poor by giving them rice. He recalled his dad kept pumpkins under the bed, which the children were not allowed to touch, as they were reserved for the poor. For some unknown reason his dad left the church, but the wrong impression that as Christians you have to give away the good things, leaving yourself with scraps, stayed with him.

His dad passed away and left a Chinese herbal medicine clinic to him and his brother. However, his brother took the whole family business and did not give him his share. Without a license, he cannot practice medicine and became unemployed, so he joined Grace Meal as its first volunteer, as well as the Bible study. He was a quiet and humble man who served truly from his heart. Our hosts taught him how to pray, and as he witnessed how they shared with their lives, he became more open and told them more about himself.

Six months after they started praying for him to find a job, an opening came up at an aluminum factory several miles away. The job involved working in a hot environment (as the melting furnaces were at over 660 oC) and lifting heavy loads, but it paid a good wage, so he accepted the position. Although he can no longer serve as a volunteer because of his long working hours, he would write out verses for our hosts whenever he can, as he has a good hand for calligraphy.

He was baptized last Dec. He shared that he no longer has any misgivings, as he now understands that, contrary to his early misconception, those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar. In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel (1 Co 9:13-14).

His brother passed away before his baptism. His sister-in-law, who is not a believer, gave him back NT$200,000 from his brother’s estate. God had returned to him the portion his brother withheld.

You need the witness of both your words and your works. Without the words, people might misunderstand the intentions and attribute the good works to individual efforts or even to idols. Without the works, the words are empty and devoid of power. But with both, you can be a powerful witness to the transforming power of our risen Lord. Witness with your life as well as your words.

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