From the beginning, it has been true that Christians are obligated to work (an evident demonstration of genuine faith), for that is according to the principles of God. The warning of Paul that we find at 1 Timothy 4:16 was packed with meaning for the holy ones in early Christianity. However, today the times that we live in are more perilous, the days are more wicked.
There stood a mighty Prophet; there was the predicted character of the Lord’s Servant; there was a peerless One. The good news proclaimed by John the Baptist was true. The Christ had indeed come.
May we not pause here to consider what this means with reference to our methods of work for Christ?
“For the sharing of the message of Christ to be effective, the wise walk must be accompanied with flavorful talk. The believer’s talk is to be gracious, rather than gruff, and charming, rather than coarse.” – Max Anders
“A Christian should not attempt to ram the truth down someone’s throat or to speak patronizingly or critically to them.” – David Walls and Max Anders
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in the heavens. (Matthew 5:14, 16)
Being the light of the world is pre-eminently applied to Jesus in the Scriptures (Matt. 4:16; Luke 2:32; John 1:4; John 8:12; Isa. 49:6), because he is, in the moral world, what the sun is in the natural world. The apostles, Christian ministers, and all Christians are lights of the world, because they, by their instructions and example, show what God requires, what is the condition of man, what is the way of duty, peace, and happiness the way that leads to heaven. As the city on the hill, Christians must be seen; they ought to be holy, harmless, and undefiled.
The ministry of Peter and those associated with him is presented with amazing completeness in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Here is
This is the first day of the year. Let us make the resolution that we will defend the faith but that we will do so with gentleness and respect.
A Christian should not attempt to ram the truth down someone’s throat or to speak patronizingly or critically to them.