Wednesday, February 21, 2007

By Deeds Incarnating the Gospel

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
1 Peter 2:12

Ringma points out that:
"Mother Teresa is quite convinced that service is a powerful form of witness. She prays, "Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by our example."

Mother Teresa believes that love in action not only gives us the opportunity to help and bless the other person, but that this also opens the way for the sharing of the good news of the gospel. The deeds of the gospel make way for the words of the gospel.

All of this is not to say that deeds are to have a priority over words. But words that speak of love must find their expression in deeds that reflect love."
In a post-Christendom era when getting across the message of the gospel is increasingly falling on deaf ears, an era where people are said to be 'cynical about many institutions, including the church'. MT may have a point.

For fear stirring up an old hornets nest it really is a challenge to the church per se where-ever it is all mouth and no substance!

1 comment:

Eleanor Burne-Jones said...

Absolutely! You've got me hooked on this little book as well. I intended to follow it for a year then go to one of his other collections, but I never got to put it away. :0)