“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (Acts 2:41)
A man who came to Christ, attributed his conversion to a very timid neighbor. The surprised neighbor said, “I never spoke to you about Christ the way I should have.”
The neighbor answered, “No, you didn’t. But you lived me to death. I could refute arguments and upset logic, but I could not refute the way you lived.”
Your life can have a powerful impact. In Acts 2, about 3000 people were converted.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:42–45).
The fellowship of believers was so close and so unified that they had all things in common.
Look at how their conduct impacted non-Christians. Two verses later it reads, “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Our lives in the workplace ought to draw people to Christ, not drive them from Him. Unbelievers are often intrigued when they find out you’re a Christian and observe your work ethic, treatment of others, conscientiousness, integrity, and dependability. That opens up an opportunity for the gospel.
Paul emphasized this when he wrote to the church in Philippi and commanded them:
“Do all things without complaining and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:14–15).
Nietzsche, a philosopher who proclaimed God was dead, said, “Show me first that you are redeemed, and then I will listen to you talk about your Redeemer.”
Too often non-Christians say, “My neighbor says he is a Christian but he only lives it on Sunday morning.” They ought to say, “My neighbor says he is a Christian and he lives the life he preaches.”
Your life shouts. What does it say?