Your faith . . . may be proved genuine. (1 Pet. 1:7)

AS A YOUNG MISSIONARY, I was filled with zeal, but I didn’t have a lot of wisdom or patience. Upon entering a new context of ministry, I would boldly share about Jesus Christ and tell those listening that they needed to repent and give their hearts to Him. Without much tact, I delivered my message much like some of the fiery preachers years ago; “turn or burn.” I would end my messages by saying, “I am sharing this because God loves you so much, and I love you so much!”

Fortunately, a more seasoned missionary gave me advice that I have sought to follow for years. “Live your life so close to God that people see the genuineness of your faith. When they see this, some will come to you wanting to know what causes you to live the way you do. This becomes the opportunity for you to share about Jesus Christ, His love for all people, and His gift of salvation. Too many preachers are answering questions that no one is asking. Living a genuine life before others causes people to become curious and ask questions that can lead to sharing the gospel message.” People are much more likely to listen to what we say if they can see the message of Jesus in our lives.

Live in a way that people become curious about what makes you different.

Jim “Umf” Lo is the coauthor of Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces That Attack Your Soul.