Today’s Scripture: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 Peter 3:16

The gospel we preach with our lives is just as important as the gospel which comes from our lips. When I trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior as a college student, I remember getting so excited that I wanted to tell everybody. I didn’t know enough Christians to understand that you weren’t supposed to get excited. There were many people with whom I shared my faith in those days, but I was young and brash.

After enrolling in Florida Bible College, I found a job at Brinks as a guard on an armored truck. I would help the men bring money into the truck. We worked together for a few years, but I never told them about Christ. Are you surprised? Don’t be. When I invited these men to my graduation at FBC, every one of them came to the ceremony and heard the gospel. I did not have to throw my religion on them. I did not have to twist their arms or trick them into coming. They came willingly because I had built a relationship with them.

You cannot argue with a silent witness. People can speak against the things a man says, but they can’t argue with his testimony. Like a picture which doesn’t lie, a Christian’s manner of life will provide proof whether he really believes what he claims.

I hope you are sharing your faith, Christian. But even more important, I hope you are living it out each day. Those who know you best — your friends, family, and co-workers — will not be fooled if your words and works don’t measure up. They won’t be convinced to put their trust in Jesus Christ or follow your example, either. Build up your silent witness each day. Hard as the world may try, this witness cannot be silenced.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder