Title: LIVING EPISTLES
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.II Corinthians 3:2-3
Everyday comes with its own challenges, questions, victories and influences in our lives. We wake up each day not knowing what the day specifically holds for us, yet believing and expecting for the best to happen. In all these things, many times, many of us are swallowed up by pressures to meet certain targets and score certain goals. We give little attention to how far we are going down the lane, how fast we are leaving what we’ve learned, how much we are changing and how distant we are growing from the people and things we stand for.
In the midst of this journey called life, let us not let anyone or anything make us lose our identity. Our identity has been proven to be our greatest profession, even more than our declarations. So beyond who you say you are and what you say you can give, what affects men the most is who you “show” that you are. So, beyond the façade, beyond the showoffs, that showing, that display, is what men truly see.
And the scriptures tell us what and who we are, Epistles of Jesus Christ. Yes, you and I exist upon the earth, children of God, as God’s own handwritten letter to a damned and dying world. We are the Bibles that men will read before they ever lay hold on the Book. We are the Jesus that men will see before they ever encounter Him. You don’t have to know it all, just let it rule. You don’t have to quote it all, it just has to be engraved in your heart and affecting you.
So, deliberately, you have to reach out today to say, “Read this Gospel, it is Jesus. It is me, an ordinary man, swallowed up by the garment of Divinity, changed, healed and transformed only by grace from above.“
Again, I say this, our greatest profession of Jesus is not in what we say but in what we do. And O how much good we will do if we become more conscious of this in our schools, workplace, markets, jobs, homes and communities. Our lights will shine brighter, we will become more sensitive to notable happenings in our lives. And for the sake of our Savior’s great name, we will protect ourselves from the corruption of this dark world.
You are Christ’s epistles. Epistles of love and kindness, forgiveness and unity, joy and peace. Epistles of self-control, reverence and honor of God and all authority, truth and justice and all that is good. We are Christ’s epistles, read by all men, written by the Holy Ghost. To be an Epistle written by the Holy Spirit means that He is the controller and influencer of my being, who I’m meant to be, God’s tool for shining His light upon the earth.
So, move on out today, all sold out to the Spirit of the living God. All out and ready to be read by the drunkard, the addict, the criminal and that sinner whose head is bowed down by failure and defeat and whose freedom, God has sent through your hands, the Gospel of salvation.
Father, in the name of Jesus, grace me to boldly witness Jesus as much as I can with my being and with my words. Inspire me to be at my best. Strengthen me and confirm your work in my life through accompanying signs that can’t be denied, amen.