Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"The Living Bible"

"Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men." 2 Corinthians 3:2

I am sure that when you read the title of this morning's devotional, you thought I was going to be talking about one of the modern day translations of the Bible. I am not. I am going to talk about our lives- those who are believers, followers of Christ, Christians.

The verse above says that our lives are like a Bible that all men can read. How do they "read" our lives? They read it through the things we say, our actions, our attitudes, the way we respond in situations, by our character, through the way we conduct ourselves and by the way we love others. If we are following Christ, then our lives should be imitating Him- what He does and how He does it. If we are doers of God's word and not hearers only, then our conduct should line up with its teachings. The scriptures should be coming alive in our lives so that the meaning of the scripture is easily understood because they see its meaning plainly through our conduct.

So what does your life say? What do others read from it? Does it paint a confusing picture hard to understand? Is it a picture of peace and joy? Does your life speak of defeat and misery? Does it speak of victory? If your life is the only "Bible" that those around you have to "read", then what are they reading? Are they reading enough to get an understanding of the love, grace and mercy that God has waiting for them? Are they able to read enough that they would want to turn to the Lord and receive His great salvation? Is what they are reading making them desire to know Him or turning them away from Him?

Some people will never pick up the Bible to read it; some will never go to a church; some will never turn on Christian television, for them the only hope of "hearing and seeing" the truth of God's word will only come through your life... is what they are seeing enough for them to see Christ and desire to have Him?

Have a great day. If your life is the only Bible some folks will read.... what are they reading?

For further reading:
James 1:22
John 14:9
Matthew 6:23; 5:16

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