We don’t get to do it much anymore in education, what with all the testing we have to put kids through. But one of my favorite memories of my early school years was “Show and Tell.” Our teachers would let us bring something into class that was special to us and we could proudly share it with our classmates.
Honestly, it was a great way to learn. We could teach with our words about why our object was special and then we could physically show it so our peers could see what we were talking about. Much of life is that way. Someone could tell us about something, but until we see it in action, it’s hard to comprehend.
Christianity is meant to be that way. We are all commanded to go and tell others of the good Jesus has worked in our lives (Matthew 28:19-20). But our love of God and for others is best shown through actions instead of through words alone. Studying and hiding God’s word in our hearts is essential but we must also do what it says (James 1:22).
When Jesus cast out the spirits from the demon-possessed man he told him to, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19). He tells us here that we must use our testimony to teach others about Christ. And at the end of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, when the experts of the law told Jesus that the Samaritan was a good neighbor, Jesus replied, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). He reminds us that others will know whether we are Christians by our love (John 13:34-35).
So let’s bring the practice of “Show and Tell” back into popularity. Remember our amazing, loving Lord and commit to share him with others. Use your life to show the world what a mighty God we serve.