Living the gospel before preaching

May 30, 2013 1:42 pm
 I believe that God wants us to live the gospel before we preach the gospel. Jesus is a perfect example of this because when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, we are told that He “departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali”. That He dwelt there suggests that He lived there a while, not just that He visited there. I wonder how He lived there that the conclusion was that the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. His life produced a light that the darkness of evil was thoroughly exposed.

From that time (after He had lived and produced this effect by His life), Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It seems to me that a man’s preaching is meaningless and powerless unless his life has first preached the message. In a sense, the word has to become flesh. Perhaps, we are not seeing the kind of results we saw in Jesus’ ministry because we preach more than we live. It is in doing that we “acquire” the power to preach.
–    By Jokpeme Joseph omode  

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