2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
Have you ever heard people say, “I do not care what people think of me, it is my life and I will live it any way I want to.” You would think that only those who were lost and unsaved might say such a thing, however, it is not only the unsaved who make this claim. I hear this form Christians as well. I have heard, “I don’t care what people think of me, let them think what they want, they are going to think that anyway.” What a terrible thing to say about a life that does not belong to you. I know some of you might be thinking, “What, my life does not belong to me, why not?” Well, I am glad you asked…
First, we have given our lives to Christ. Therefore, this life is no longer our life to begin with. Everything you do is a reflection on God.
In addition, you are an example of the body of believers you have joined with as well. As Paul said to the church in Corinth, “ye are our epistles,” or our letters, our statements of what God can do in in the life of a person who is saved. We are an open book of what we say we believe for all to see. When people look at you, they say in their heart, “So that is what a Christian is supposed to do, say, or be.” In addition, they think, “That is what the church they belong to believes is right.” Whether this way of judging is fair or not does not matter. What does matter is your testimony. So, the next time you get ready to do something, just picture the whole church and Christ doing it with you. Would they do it too? If not, then neither should you.
There is a lot of truth in the little poem that says, “The only Christ some people will ever see, will be the Christ they see lived out in you and me.” The only thing they know about the church you belong to might be you as well. Let’s not degrade the body or the blood of Jesus Christ. Instead, we should be an epistle. On that the apostle Paul and Christ could write that they are proud of.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Judges 12-14 / Psalm 101 / Proverbs 28 / 2 Corinthians 3-5
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 5-8 / Luke 17
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director