“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” – Francis of Assisi
In a world where Christians used words more than deeds this was a needed pendulum swing. As the pendulum swings to the other end and Christians rarely use words in public faith proclamation, instead hope that a life well lived will speak volumes for Jesus, I believe we might find that it is more and more necessary to use words. Lifestyle evangelism is powerful and effective in opening doors but it can never by itself (apart from teaching/words) bring someone to faith in Christ. Lifestyle evangelism is like general revelation…just as the stars in the sky can proclaim the existence of the Creator, they still cannot tell the specifics of the Jesus story. That is why God put us here, to proclaim specifics about Jesus to those who need to hear a better story.
So let us live our lives for Jesus and let the world take notice. When the door opens, which is what lifestyle evangelism does, we should be ready to speak.