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Lifestyle Evangelism

1 Peter 2.12
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Peter’s advice sounds like—where we concluded yesterday’s devotion—with Jesus’ advice recorded in Matthew 5.16, In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. If believers’ actions are above reproach, even hostile people might end up praising God. Peter’s readers were scattered among unbelieving Gentiles who were inclined to believe and spread vicious lies about Christians, accusing them of wrongdoing, blaming them without cause. Among the charges against Christians in Peter’s time were disloyalty to the emperor (John 19.12), propagation of unlawful customs (Acts 16.20-21), defamation of the gods (Acts 19.23-27), and general troublemaking (Acts 17.6-7). All of which were false and baseless allegations. Peter therefore challenged Christians to conduct themselves honorably so that by their attractive, gracious, and upright behavior they could show these rumors to be false and could even win some of their accusers to the Lord’s side.

What did Peter mean when he wrote, on the day of visitation? It may refer to the future day of judgment when Christ returns or to the day when God visits a person through an encounter with the gospel. In either case, the winsome witness of Christians may influence unbelievers to repent and believe.

If a critic of Christianity observed your life over time, would they see Christ and believe? If not, what needs to change in your life for you to become a winsome testimony to the saving grace of Jesus Christ?

Pastor Jeff
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