My friend and former associate Pastor Arvid Moin, wrote a wonderful manual titled “Living Epistles.” “Living Epistles” are men and women whose lives leave an impression on all of us of what it means to be a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the day that we live so many people seem to be unaware of how important it is to be a faithful follower of Christ.
We must not forget that others do watch our lives and even make decisions based upon how they see us act and talk. It is not enough in these days we live to be just a casual Christian; we must make a quality decision to be a true follower of Jesus Christ and walk before Him with honor and integrity. We all know that people do watch our lives and observe the things that we say and do, so no matter how we cut it, we are a letter read by all men!
The Apostle Paul stated that he did not need a letter of introduction or recommendation. His legitimacy as a minister of the gospel was proven by the changed lives that he had ministered the gospel to. He says that the mark of genuineness of the believers was not in letters written with pen and ink, but it was the fruit of the Spirit of the living God that was written on the tables of the human heart. 2 Corinthians 3:2, 3 (NLT) “The only letter of recommendation is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is not carved on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.”
In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul was not timid about encouraging believers to follow him. He called them to “imitate him just as he imitated Christ.” Such boldness can only come from the confidence of his own walk with Jesus Christ. He was not exalting himself, but in himself he knew the Holy Spirit had produced the sound character and fruit of the Holy Spirit within him.
As believers, we are to give the unbeliever a chance to believe through us. Our lives are to be a form of language by which God can address who He is to unbelievers. Someone said, “We are all called to preach the gospel. And sometimes we use words.” We can be mild and gentle when others are angry and upset. We should be humble when they are haughty and praise God when they are cursing Him. We must be consistent and steadfast when they are crumbling in despair. It is what we say and do that others observe and read. They read what is written, whether it is true or a lie.
“Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, and in purity.” 2 Timothy 4:11 NLT