Do you know what Bible the wicked and the worldly man reads? He does not read this Bible at all. He reads the Christian.
“There,” says he. “That man goes to church, and he is a member, I will see how he lives, I will read him up and down.” And he watches him and reads his conduct. If he is bad, he says, “Religion is a farce.” But if he is a man who lives up to it, he says, “There is something in religion after all.”
It is the duty of every child of God to so live that he may confirm the witness of Christ. We should labor to do it in all the common things of daily life: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Some men think that religion lies in great things. It does not, it lies in little things. Take any one day of our lives: We eat; drink, rise in the morning, go to bed at night, nothing very particular about the day. Our life is made up of little things, and if we are not careful of little things, we shall not be careful of great ones. If we do not take care of little things, the great ones will go wrong. Oh, may you have grace to so live that the world may find no fault in you; and if in little things they see an exactness and almost precision (and too much precision will be better than the looseness of the morals of some) then they will say, “There is something in religion; that man’s life has confirmed it in my mind, because he lives up to it.”
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, say within yourself, I must so live and die that I may confirm the witness of Christ. I must so walk amongst my friends and neighbors, that they will see there is a truth and a power in religion.
And let me warn you not to undertake this in your own strength, you will want fresh power from on high from the Holy Ghost. Get a fresh supply of grace at the throne.
I did not know my high standing before, but I know now that I am a confirmer of the truth. Lord, help me to so live that there may never be any flaw in my conduct, never any vile word proceeding out of my lips. Make me to so live that I may confirm the truth. Lord, help me to confirm the witness of Christ!
Adapted from “Confirming the Witness of Christ” by Charles Spurgeon, in Sermons, Vol. I. Work is in the Public Domain.
The Scripture quotation is taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.