Discipleship | Lesson 12 | Devotion 1
II Corinthians 3:2-3 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; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
Someone once wisely said, “You are the only Bible some people will ever read.” Years ago, a movement was founded within Christianity known as “lifestyle evangelism.” The root belief of this movement was that by living and acting a certain way lost people would be knocking down your to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior simply because of the life you lived. Needless to say, this movement did not yield the fruit that many had thought it would, but it did expose a valuable principle that we must keep in mind. Our lives do matter.
In the passage, we just read, Paul is writing what is known as an epistle or letter to the church. He proceeds to tell this church that they are a living epistle that anyone could read. While only this church had access to the letter from Paul, the whole community of Corinth was able to read them. Paul was challenging this church that had been rebuked for its carnality to begin to live in a way that pointed to Christ.
What does this mean for today’s modern Christian? Well, the truth is just by living a certain way most people aren’t going to come running to a faith in Christ, but when we choose to combine the power of a changed life with a consistent Gospel witness, people begin to notice. In a world where it has become trendy for Christians to be the same as the world, what would it mean if Christians showed the change that had occurred in their lives? What if Christians started talking about God and the Gospel instead of the same things that they talked about before they got saved? What if Christians had happy and growing marriages instead of the same marriages as their lost friends? What if Christians were strong enough in their faith and purpose on this earth that it changed every aspect of their lives? Do you think the Gospel would be less likely to fall on deaf ears in today’s culture?
The simple truth is that lost souls don’t pick up a Bible and read it everyday, but they see how you respond at work. Your unsaved neighbors can see how your family acts. Combine a crystal clear testimony with the wonderful news of the Gospel and it can be life-changing! So here’s the test. If you know someone that is lost, would they know that there’s something different about you? Would they reject your invitation to church because of what they have seen of you? Christian, your life is intended for more than the day to day. Make an eternal investment by choosing to live a life that can be read by all men and points others to Jesus.