Known and Read of All Men
Daily Devotional for August 28thDo we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. 2 Corinthians 3:1-2
The work that God performs within every life is truly a sight to behold. When God performs a work in you, it cannot be hid. It is virtually impossible to miss God’s handprint within the lives He touches. That’s why the world so marveled when Jesus laid His hands on the blind because after He did, they were able to see! Multitudes followed the Son of God, not just because He spoke with authority, but He commanded evil spirits, and they departed from those who were possessed.
When Paul (then Saul) came from Jerusalem in Acts 9, he had letters of commendation from the high priest that approved his persecution. But when Paul preached this wondrous gospel to the people, his work then required no official letters of commendation. Why? Because through Paul’s preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, God was personally signing each heart with His own signature. Paul declared to the Corinthians that he needed no other written approval than the approval God was showing forth to all men. Paul revealed to them in simple terms: We have no need to declare ourselves to be of God because God himself is approving our preaching by performing work through every life that will receive it.
When we are saved, the reality of the New Birth permeates us! We come to see 2 Corinthians 5:17, not just as words on paper, but the living word that is written in us! We experience the fulfillment of the words “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away and behold, all things are become new.” The reality of your life being changed is evidence that God has written His word into you. If a person is saved, then their lives will prove their profession. Can a blind man really say he has been healed of blindness if he still cannot see? Neither can we, if our life is not transformed by the power of God.
But the hand of the Lord is revealed to every person in the entire world by the change in your walk, your talk, your attitudes; every facet of you! When the drug addict walks in to work on Monday morning without a need to get a fix every hour, then the world will take notice of a change that is made in his life. Every Christian should be a living epistle; known and read of all men. When unbelievers see soundness in your speech, peace and joy pouring out of you, they will take notice. Most importantly, your walk is your greatest preaching and witnessing tool! When the world sees peace that they don’t have, they will read and know that God has written His word upon you and respond accordingly.