In the late ‘80’s, presidential candidate Gary Hart was a strong contender, until he torpedoed his chances. There were rumors of him being involved in an extramarital affair. When asked by the media, Hart not only strongly denied the affair, but dared reporters to follow him and see for themselves. “You’ll be bored” was his taunt. Well, the challenged press took him up on the challenge and soon his affair was a public scandal and his run for president was done.
In Hart’s case, the proof was in his actions and not merely his words. Words are easy to craft and in many cases convince. Deeds though, are the proof that the words are true. In our reading this week, we come across Psalm 86:8 - Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. (NIV)
I really love this statement. It compares the God of the Bible with other gods, but without anger, arrogance or hatred. Instead, it invites investigation into the actual things that the Lord has done. For you and me, the easiest thing to remind us and show others is God’s influence in transforming our lives. It isn’t enough to have a lot of words about our faith – facts, history, theological arguments. These have their place, but a life that is growing and changing into more and more the likeness of Jesus is what others need to see. This transformation is what will attract others to Christ.
Each of us should take some time and consider what our non-Christian friends are learning about God when they watch us. Make no mistake about it – they are watching and drawing conclusions! The good that they see in our actions will give them reason to seek the God that leads us. “…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16 (NLT)