Wooden Indian or Wooden Christian?

English: "Cigar store Indian" outsid...

English: “Cigar store Indian” outside of a tobacco shop in Long Beach, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aunt Sophie, a converted scrub woman, used to say that she had been called to scrub floors and to preach. Wherever she went, she would tell others of Christ the Savior.

Someone made fun of her once by remarking that she had been seen some time ago talking about Christ to the wooden Indian statue standing in front of the cigar store.

Sophie’s reply was, “Perhaps I did. My eyesight is not so good. But talking about Christ to a wooden Indian is not as bad as being a wooden Christian who never talks to anybody about Christ.”

— after William Barclay

If this story hit home, as it did to me, then it’s time we become witnesses (or better witnesses) for God. In my daily prayers, I ask God guide my thoughts, words, and deeds – that in all these things I honor Him and I serve as a testimony to the people around me of God’s grace and love.

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'” (Mark 16:15)

Bible for Illiterates

Title page of The Holy Bible, King James versi...

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Four clergymen were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James version because of its simple, beautiful English.

Another liked the American standard version best because it comes closer to the original Hebrew and Greek.

The third liked Moffat‘s translation best because of its up-to-date words.

The fourth clergyman was silent. When asked to express his opinion, he replied, “I like my mother’s translation best.”

The other three expressed surprise and wanted to know what he meant. “Well,” he explained, “my mother translated the Bible into her everyday life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

—- after William Barclay

A wise person once told me that the way I behave and act at home and at work is the best way to show people the true meaning of Christianity. In short, my life is an open testimony of what it means to be a follower of God. And I am ashamed to say that I have not always been the best example for my loved ones and friends, especially for those who are still non-Christians.

We can stand on a pulpit and preach the gospel ’til we’re blue in the face. We can put on shows, concerts, theater performances that will entice crowds and audiences. But the real show starts when the lights are off, when the stage is down, when we think nobody is watching.

Is our life a living testimony of Christianity, or are we just Christians in words, but not in deeds?

“Dear children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)

“If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works is dead, being alone.” (James 2:15-17)

May our lives always be a first-rate version of the bible.