“You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
Epistles Of Christ
“Dr. Bob Reccord tells of an experience he learned about while in the business world. A major institution that ranked among the Fortune 500 was working to make an unheard-of-move. They were going to promote a 38 year old vice president to president. The man was an impressive businessman who wooed and awed the board of directors. Upon completing the final interview process, the board broke for lunch, with plans to offer this man the prestigious position of president after they all returned from lunch. This young man went to lunch alone at a cafeteria, but was unintentionally followed by several of the board members, who stood in line behind him. When the young man came to the bread section, he placed two three-cent butters on his tray and covered them up with his napkin. As he checked out he never revealed the hidden six cents’ worth of butter. When everyone returned to the boardroom for what was to be a joyous occasion, the mood had dramatically changed. The promising young man was not only denied the help of the company but was fired from his position as vice president – all because of six cents’ worth of butter.” (Leighton Ford Evangelism Leadership Seminar, 1991)
The true character of our faith is not what we show everyone but what we are to God. It is then our character is shown to everyone that we are people of character. Integrity is a virtue of every child of God. Job said, “Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with falsehood, or if my foot has hastened to deceit, let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity.” (Job 31:4-6)
In a crazy and mixed up world the honest people should be the ones who call Christ their Savior and King. We are the only Bible some may read the song says. The World’s Bible. How do people read us? What do they see in our lives that glorifies God? Are we examples of honesty, truth, nobility, character? Let men read us as citizens of the kingdom of Christ. People of our word. People of our bond. A handshake from us is as good as gold (just not very legally binding anymore). Let’s not take two three cent squares of butter and jeopardize our character. If we allow too much character assassination it may lead to spiritual death and finally eternal death.
“Character is what you are in the dark.” (Dwight L. Moody 1837-1899, Sermon)