May 18, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
You show that you are a letter from Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:3
Our function as Christ’s followers in the world is to serve as His witnesses. While it is true that the Gospel is the only means the Holy Spirit uses to convert sinners, it is also true that people are attracted to Christ as they see Him at work in His followers. Christ speaks of us as being the light of the world, and He encourages us to let the light of our Christian faith shine before all people.
Scripture also reminds us that as Christians we are living letters that others read. Our speech and conduct, the principles for which we stand, the ethics we follow, the hopes and ideals we express, and whatever else constitutes our life expresses whether Christ lives in us and whether we live in Him. People study our lives as they read a book. And what they see and hear attracts them to Christ or repels them from Christ.
Being disciples of Christ goes far beyond attending worship services and contributing from our material wealth for the work of the church. By God’s grace it involves giving ourselves to Christ, dedicating our lives to Him, and glorifying Him in all we think and say and do.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make us legible and living letters of Your mercy, love, and grace. Amen.
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