Show and Tell

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how can they believe without hearing Him?  And how can they hear without a preacher?  Romans 10:13-14

A classic children’s activity at school is “Show and Tell.”  Kids bring in their favorite toy or stuffed animal or souvenir from a trip and they get to show it to everyone.  But if it ended there, that wouldn’t be that great would it?  The best part about show and tell is getting to hear the child tell about his item.  Understand this, we need to show people Jesus Christ by our life.  The way we live should back up what we say we believe.  But people also need to hear our words as we tell them the Good News of Jesus.  It’s been said that Saint Francis of Assisi used to say, “Preach the Gospel.  If necessary, use words.”  I like that statement, but here’s the deal.  It is necessary to use words.

No one is “good enough” to let his or her life speak solely for Christ.  Sometimes we say, “I’ll share with them when I’m good and ready.”  Child of God, it is time for us to be good and ready.  The time is urgent and people are waiting to hear.  Thom Rainer of Lifeway and Rainer Research found that 65% of all previously unchurched people were in fact witnessed to personally by a church-going Christian before actually coming to Christ and joining a church themselves.  That lets us know that sharing with others actually works.

When John Mark was younger, he would often want to take something with him to school to show everyone.  I would always ask him if they were playing “Show and Tell”?  He would typically say, “No, I just want to bring it anyway.”  Today, I am praying that even if it seems the world doesn’t want to hear the Gospel, you and I will bring it anyway!


About randynorris

Randy Norris is the pastor of The Station Church. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Communications and has his M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School. Randy also has his Doctorate of Ministry from The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Susan, have five children.
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