One day St. Francis of Assisi, invited a young student to join him on a trip into town to preach. The young student was so honored to get such an invitation from St. Francis that he quickly accepted. All day long he and St. Francis walked through the streets and byways, alleys and suburbs, and they rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people.
At the end of the day, the two headed back home, however, not even once had St. Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel. The student was greatly disappointed, and he said to St. Francis, "I thought we were going into town to preach?"
St. Francis responded, "My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely watched.”
It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!
Preaching doesn’t only happen from the pulpit, and preachers aren’t the only ones who preach. The proclamation of the hope and good news of Christ is preached verbally and non-verbally both inside the church and especially outside the walls of the church.
Be mindful of your walk in every place you walk. There’s somebody who needs the hope of Christ.
See you Sunday,