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A Sermon Walking

"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."1

In 1953 reporters gathered at a Chicago railway station waiting to meet the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

He was a big man, six-feet-four tall with bushy hair and a large mustache.

Reporters were excited to see him and expressed what an honor it was to meet him. Cameras were flashing, compliments were being expressed—but seeing beyond the adulation the visitor noticed an elderly Afro-American woman struggling to carry her two large suitcases.

"Excuse me," he said as he went to the aid of this woman. Picking up her cases, he escorted her to a bus and then apologized to the reporters for keeping them waiting.

The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary-doctor who had invested his life helping poor and sick people in Africa.

A member of the reception committee remarked to one of the reporters, "That's the first time I ever saw a sermon walking."

The story above is well-known, and I am sure you have heard it before. But every time I read it, I am reminded of the importance of our testimony to others daily. Others will come to know Christ by how well we imitate Him, not by how well we talk about Him. The measure of any man or woman is not their name, their fame, nor what they say—but what they do.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a doer of your Word and not just a hearer. Allow my life to be a sermon walking, through which others will come to know you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:22.

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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.