Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Preaching The Gospel
Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.
Matthew 26:13 (NAS)
Followers of Christ are commanded to 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15). Most of us are not professional ministers or evangelists. It's easy to view this commandment as a mountain to climb without climbing gear. The right words to speak to non-believers seem out of our reach.
Nevertheless, God calls us 'Priests' (1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6), so maybe our preaching is the climb itself. Not everyone is called to yodel from the peak.
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1286) said, 'Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.' Good advice is timeless. As we 'Walk in love' (Ephesians 5:2) and climb the narrow path to Jesus (see Matthew 7:14), we preach His gospel of salvation by our actions.
In today's scripture, a woman with an alabaster jar (thought to be Mary Magdalene) was criticized by the disciples for anointing the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume--instead of selling it to raise money for the poor. Mary Magdalene's action became her testimony of Christ to the world. We, too, can preach by what we do--even more than by what we say.
I encourage actors, artists, and everyday people to follow His great commission: to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. Preach through your behavior, talent, generosity, humility, grace under pressure, laughter, and love for every person you meet--especially the sinners, especially the 'unlovable,' especially when it's hard.
Once we begin walking His walk, doing His work, and behaving like the saints that we are (see Ephesians 2:19), I believe God will give us the right words to speak at the right time (see Luke 12: 22).
Maybe even yodeling.