Jesus said, “They will see your good works”––not necessarily hear your good words––“and glorify your Father in heaven.” Peter echoed the same in his letter to spiritual exiles: “Live such good lives among the pagans that… they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
Yes, actions done in humility and love do count as evangelism. Doing good works just for the heaven of it, that is, not for the sake of impressing anyone, but simply for the love of God, is one brand of inadvertent kingdom influence. When people see us actually acting like Jesus––hopelessly loving God and tangibly demonstrating love toward people––whether we realize it or not, we’re witnessing without words.
“We should preach as though we’re serving and serve as though we’re preaching.” — JIM HENDERSON
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends the profits of which go to YWAM San Francisco.