Merely setting a good example for Christ is not enough. At some point you’re going to have to speak up.
Paul says this in Philippians, “. . .it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ (Phil. 1:13). Everyone knew that Paul was suffering in prison because of his faith in Jesus Christ. How did they know? BECAUSE HE TOLD THEM.
Paul says elsewhere in Romans, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Faith comes by hearing, not by seeing. Paul in Romans 10:14 says, “And how are they (non-Christians) to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” People need to hear about Christ in order for them to even have an opportunity for them to respond to Christ.
Setting a good example in deed is awesome, but the speaking up of Christ must follow. Evangelism not only requires an authentic demonstration, but also an accurate proclamation. They both go together. You can’t have one without the other. Preach what you practice, and practice what you preach.
Have you neglected this principal of evangelism? Don’t beat yourself up. We all have. The burden is not on us. Ultimately, God is going to save who he wants to save but wants to use you in the process. Be encouraged to live out boldly this week and share the gospel with non-Christians you know, both in word in deed.
Speak up for Jesus. God wants to use you to lead non-Christians to him.