The world famous master of mime, Marcel Marceau, was asked what the difference was between regular acting and pantomime. Marceau’s response was interesting. He said, “In the case of a bad actor, the words are there even if the actor is no good. But when a mime is not good, there is nothing left. A mime must be very clear and very strong.”
The same thing is true of the Christian’s witness. If a believer’s verbal testimony is rejected, it may be wise for him to say no more. But it’s then that silence should speak so clearly that no one can mistake the message.
For example, in the case of a married couple, the wife’s quiet reverence for God should be crystal-clear to her unbelieving husband so that he may be won “without a word” (1 Pet. 3:1-2). Husbands are reminded by Peter to live with their wives with understanding and honor (v.7). If the wife is the one who needs a wordless witness, then the husband’s character and treatment of her should reflect his relationship to Jesus Christ.
These truths apply to every believer, married or not. If we are in a situation where our actions alone have to do the talking, let’s make sure they are coming through loud and clear for Christ.
Sometimes our witness will be spurned
And nothing's left to say;
But if our lives are true to Christ,
His love we will convey. —DJD
When our lives honor Christ, even silence is eloquent.