How to tell someone you’re a Christian without sayin’ a word.

by Kevin on October 13, 2010

I watched as the cowboy walked out of the tack room with his saddle. It wasn’t a burden that he carried, but seemed to be an extension of something inside him. Despite the weight and his age, he swung the saddle up onto the horse and didn’t have to adjust it forward or back. I learned more about him by watchin’ him saddle his horse than I would have learned by listening to a hundred cowboy stories.

There wasn’t a wasted movement. Every action was on purpose and spoke of skill only learned from saddlin’ a horse for decades. Whether cinchin’ up or walkin’ around, there wasn’t an ounce of energy that was wasted.

He saddled his horse from the off side. Most people saddle from the left, but not him. He didn’t have to throw it up on the horse, walk around to undo the cinch, then walk back around to cinch the horse up.

His saddle spoke just as loud. Dark areas on the fenders spoke of years of leather on leather. The stirrups hung there perfectly, turned not by hand, but of years of bein’ in the right spot.

Without sayin’ a word, he had told me his story. There was no braggin’ or boastin’. It wasn’t something that could be faked, only learned.

This is how unbelievers should view our lives. We shouldn’t have to tell someone that we are a follower of Christ. It should be as evident as the Thessalonian’s faith that Paul talked about.

1 Thessalonians 1:7-9

We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you’re the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God.

You accomplish this, not by having big religion, but by having a big personal relationship with Christ. You allow Him to be the primary focus of your life. Your opinions do not matter anymore, only Christ’s. Your life isn’t about you anymore, it’s about Him.

Your relationship with Christ cannot be faked. It should be evident in every move that you make. Start saddlin’ your horse from the “right” side and people will notice. You won’t have to say anything at all.

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  • What an inspiration….thank you.

    • Kevin

      The thanks are all mine Sierra. God bless.

  • Sweet word Kevin. I’m pretty sure there’s something in there about words, sweetness, and how awesome they are but for some reason the only thing I can think of is the “salt of the earth” passage. Anyways, thanks for this, I’ll be sharing it with my youth group tonight.

    • Kevin

      Thank Seiji. Not only with the blog, but with my life also, I am trying to talk less and show more.

  • Beautiful!

  • Robin Bare

    Thanks for the word We don’t know each other but you just gave me a darn good birthday present. It’s today.

  • Great post, Kevin, and how true! My problem then, becomes how to cultivate more out-of-body acquaintances and friends (please forgive bad pun on good metaphor). At work I’m mostly alone all day and we live way out in the sticks — practically to the extent of wilderness if it weren’t for the dirt road and the power/phone lines. So who, other than the brothers and sisters, is gonna see this facility once it grows to the point of being seeable in my life? I’ve been wondering about this for a while. Maybe God will have something different for me by and by.

    • Hey Cindy, great to hear from you.

      I know how you feel about being out in the sticks. I too live out there, just a little further. lol

      I sometimes wonder if we might practice living the kind of life that God wants us to, for sometimes years and years, just to prepare us for that one visitor.

      • That is a great thought. Moses was 40 years in the making, after he fled Egypt, before God sent him back. That may be the case for many of us. We have to learn and practice what is right in anticipation of that divine moment.

        On the other hand, many of us have family that we see daily. Our witness to them is just as important as it is to the stranger. We could say less and model with our behavior more. Just a thought.

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