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Devotional - week of February 10, 2002


SILENT EVANGELISM

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one … that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.  John 17:22-23

A college student was telling a fellow student of his recent conversion to Christ. He told the fellow student that he was one of four people who had led him to Christ.

The fellow student was shocked. He had never verbally witnessed to the new believer.  

Without knowing it, the fellow student engaged in silent evangelism. His life had been a witness for Christ. Such witnessing goes on all the time through God-loving people who have a genuine walk with the Savior.

This is no recommendation that any believer should conclude silent witnessing is enough. It is not. This is to say that a silent witness adds power to the witness of words. 

In Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17 He reveals the power of the silent witness. A spirit of oneness between believers—individually and in churches—impacts the unsaved of the world.

If the prayer of John is any indication, the greatest burden for believers Jesus carried to the cross was that they be one. He knew that a spirit of oneness among believers would have an evangelistic impact on the lost world.

That spirit of oneness testifies to the unsaved that God sent Jesus and that God loves believers as much as He loves Jesus.

Should we not join Jesus in praying for a spirit of oneness among believers? Should we not live out the life of grace that we might be instruments of oneness among believers?

Should we not involve ourselves in spreading the message of grace? This would result in a spirit of oneness among those who respond.