Sunday, January 10, 2010

Living Epistles

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God… “ (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)

In the early church, ministers of the Gospel often carried letters (or epistles) of recommendation so that they would be received by the various communities to which they traveled. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian Christians that they were living epistles known and read by all. In other words, their reputation and lifestyle was a powerful example to all of the Spirit of the living God. No literal letter of recommendation was necessary because their lives were a testimony that gave honor to God, the ministry, and the church.

For good or for bad, you are a living epistle known and read by your friends, acquaintances, family, colleagues, and even by strangers. By your words, actions and attitudes others form an opinion not only about you, but about your church, your faith, and your God. Whether you realize it or not, people are “reading” you every where you go and in everything you do.

What kind of message does your life convey?

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