If you ever met Andrew, you would never have guessed how loud he could be. I met him the year I taught a 5th grade boys’ Sunday School class. In case you don’t know any 5th grade boys, let me assure you, they have no problem being loud. It turned out, though, by the end of the year, Andrew was the loudest one of all.
But like I said, you would have never guessed it by meeting him. Andrew wasn’t shy, but he was definitely soft-spoken, polite and never acted up in class. One day, at the end of the school year, however, his mom took me aside and told me just how loud Andrew could be.
She told me how his teacher asked him to stay after class one day because she wanted to talk to him. If you’ve ever had a teacher want to talk to you after class, you know that rarely goes well, but Andrew’s case was an exception.
The teacher said, “I’ve been watching you all year, and you are different than every boy in this class. When the other boys make fun of someone, you stand up for them. When others complain about homework, you don’t join in. When I ask for someone to help, you’re the first person to volunteer. You’re kind and loving to everyone in class. I just have to know, why are you so different?”
Andrew shared with teacher that he loved Jesus and just tried to be like him and treat people the way Jesus would. His teacher wasn’t friends with Jesus, but she asked Andrew where he went to church and said she’d like to visit sometime.
That was twenty years ago. I don’t know whatever happened to that teacher or to Andrew, but I bet he kept on being loud. See, Andrew knew how to be loud even when he was being quiet. His life and actions told people about Jesus without even saying a word.
The Bible talks a lot about living like Andrew. Jesus’ friend Peter once wrote, “People who do not believe are living all around you. They might say that you are doing wrong. So live good lives. Then they will see the good things you do, and they will give glory to God on the day when Christ comes again” (1 Peter 2:12 ICB).
In a world full of selfishness, a person who lives a quiet life serving Jesus and others can really stand out from the crowd. Think about your own life. If you had a been a 5th grader in Andrew’s class, what would his teacher have said about you? What would your life tell her about God?
This week, think about how you can be loud with your life without even saying a word. Then, if you do get a chance to tell someone about the hope you have in Jesus, your life will prove that your words are true.
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