"I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day." In my early days as a Christian, I heard people say that. The point is that for some people, we are the only Bible that they read. They draw their conclusions about Christianity from what they see in us. I believe that many people have gotten a very wrong or distorted view of Christianity this way. Hence, we must be careful how we live our Christian lives. In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he said, "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men" (2 Corinthians 3:2). He was confident that he and the other apostles did not need to promote themselves as Christ's apostles, nor did they need letters of commendations from anyone because the church members at Corinth were living epistles of the apostle's credentials and character. Wow! Can Christ say that about us? What message does our life convey to others about Christianity and the character of Christ? It may seem unfair to us that, oftentimes, those outside of Christ frame their picture of Christianity by way of their observations of us, but that's a given that we cannot change. It is what it is. We must deal with that reality. Jesus had to cope with a similar situation during His public ministry. The Pharisees and the other religious leaders kept His life under a magnifying glass. They tried to find fault with everything He did so as to discredit His ministry. But He gave them no occasion against the gospel. And even though there may be a person or two who try to scrutinize us that way, they are not the ones I am talking about in this article. I am talking about the larger body of people who are not Christians, they have some curiosity about Christianity, and they are watching us who claim to be Christians to see what makes us a Christian. We can call ourselves Christians all that we want to, but as I have often heard people say, "Actions speak louder than words." People are not impressed with our religious talk, the cross we wear around our neck, the Christian tag on the front of our car, etc. What resonates with them is what they see in our lives. There is power in godliness, and if we want to be an effective witness for Christ, we must model the life-changing power of the gospel in our personal lives. Lest I be misunderstood, let me say that this is not a call to perfection. Christians aren't literally perfect. They make mistakes, they do dumb things, and they can fail just like those don't know Christ as their Savior. But even in those instances, we should make amends in a way that reflects genuine Christianity. This is the kind of lifestyle evangelism that Christ is calling His people to. I believe that when our lives become living epistles that men can read and get the right message, regarding Christianity and the character of Christ, it will empower the work of the church. You see, I am convinced that no matter how excellent our preaching is in the pulpits, and no matter how passionate we may be in our efforts to win the lost, the effectiveness of these ministries is being undermined by the life that many Christians live among the very ones we are trying to win. They hear what we are saying, but more importantly, they watch what we are doing. So, what is the message of your life? Frank King
Nice message here, Brother Frank, very eye openning!-and people will see through the mask! Are they seeing Jesus, when they see us? Insightful, heads up blog! God Bless you mightily, my friend! Dave
Brother Frank, yours is the second blog I read today for being letters for the Lord.:wink: I believe the best letter that we wear and the best Bible that we have to show others is the letter of love, true God's love.
Inspite of our mistakes or other negative traits, the true love in our heart for them and for those who are suffering and hurting are evidence of the Living Bible. May the Lord helps us to be the Living Epistle that He wanted us to be. That ours ,not only His be done. [img]http://www.tiptopglobe.com/skin/smile/s8003.gif[/img]
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sounds like a conversation i had recently with one of my older neices about "how friendly are fellow christians when you walk in the doors of your church. not trying to sound judgmental or legalistic, that is one reason as i explained to my wife, why we can't go back to being members of that church.Jesus wasnt a unfriendly person but one who showed love to everyone.. be blessed
Dear Brother, AMEN and AMEN, the early church grew because people lived their faith. God gives us the field, His Spirit nourishes and His voice calls the unbeliever, our actions and lifestlye tills the ground, and the Word of God seeds it.
Billyb, blessings to you. Christ wants to live His live through us so that the world does not see our character but His. For this to happen, we must learn to live dead to ourselves.