1 Peter 4:1-2, “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

This passage helps us see that Jesus was concerned with God and concerned with people. Loving God and our neighbors should be our concern too. Relationships are critical. God intends for us to care for those around us, meeting their needs, and fighting against injustice.

And when the love of Christ permeates our lives, the gospel awakens the interest of those around us. And so a life marked by love and holiness sets us apart, and unbelievers are apt to take notice. Why? Well the Christian’s character, influence, righteousness, piety, ambitions, relationships, and commitments stand in contrast to the world and are often the first look at Christianity that people have.

Therefore, our lives as Christians, if we are to be effective evangelists, should reflect this reality. Friends, our lives are to be marked by the truth and grace, a testament to the fact that God is alive and present. A life reflecting Christ’s love, holiness, and obedience is the best evangelistic tool. For this is how we live for God’s will for the rest of our time.