Faith may be personal but it’s not private.
I am a friend of God. It is personal and oh so advantageous, find fruitful, buy gratifying, rx profitable and productive. And by its very nature this restored relationship with God impacts everything about me. No compartmentalizing allowed, every part of me embraces God. Thusly, though intensely personal, faith is not private.
Faith that impacts every part of life cannot remain hidden away. Behavior authenticates faith.
Again, Psalms describes the visible evidence of those who trust in the Lord. Spoken words: extol and praise the Lord, boast in the Lord, come with offerings and fulfill vows, proclaim his salvation, declare his glory and his marvelous deeds. Behavior observed: Walk in truth, Judge in righteousness and justice, defend the afflicted, save the children of the needy.
(From Psalm 34, 96, 26, and 72)
Jesus says to his friends: You are the light of the world. The city set on a hill cannot be hid. Let your light shine so that men may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
St. Paul says: Live by the Spirit (of God) … The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
… children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation … you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.
God, whose heart for relationship, envelopes every living soul, assigns each believer the place of holding out the word of Life.
God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ has given us the ministry of reconciliation, … we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us … be reconciled to God.
(2 Cor 5)
Faith that goes beyond words and affects a way of life shouts authenticity. The public witness of our faith invites others stumbling in the uncertain morass of life to trust in the One who can restore the relationship they were created to enjoy.
There is hope. Every man/woman can be restored to friendship with God. Let your light shine; let your faith go public