Biblical Leadership Lesson: Preaching With Your Life

So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.—1 Thessalonians 2:8

So I'll ask you: When was the last time someone converted, not because you presented the Gospel with an articulate grace but because your life articulated the Gospel gracefully to those you know you?

Aren't we all tired of listening to people say one thing and then, neglecting integrity, they go out and do the opposite. I am certain that that is the reason why you are having such a hard time sharing your faith, even when the opportunity arrises. 

When we live a life that is contrary to what is good for us and our loved ones, then we even make it harder to give sound advice. You might know what that feels like. It is uncomfortable for someone who indulges in bad food to give someone else advice on their diet. 

Posting this on Facebook this week gave me many responses. We all want to be around transparent people who are not fake. Yet, the question I have to pose is: are you transparent enough?

I read this a few weeks ago and it rocked me to the core: 

Let me shock you at this point. A naturally bright person can carry on religious activity without a special gift from God. Filling church pulpits every week are some who are using only natural abilities and special training. Some are known as Bible expositors, for it is possible to read and study commentaries and then repeat what has been learned about the Scriptures. Yes, it may shock you, but it is true that anyone able to talk fluently can learn to use religious phrases and can become recognized as a preacher.

But if any person is determined to preach so that his work and ministry will abide in the day of the judgment fire, then he must preach, teach and exhort with the kind of love and concern that comes only through a genuine gift of the Holy Spirit—something beyond his own capabilities.
— A.W. Towzer

Stop winging it. Be original. Stay true to yourself even if you think you don't measure up. Overall, don't be fake. People can sniff fake.