“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 3:3
The image is beautiful and instructing. The epistle of Christ, written not in a stony heart — but in a heart of flesh — a heart softened by grace. The heart is the seat of vital religion (Jeremiah 31:33).
The word is not effectual without the operation of the Spirit of God. By the Spirit, Christians are cast into the gospel mold. Thereby they become evangelical, spiritual, and heavenly. Their resemblance to Christ is gradually increased. They have the witness in themselves, have the comfortable experience that they are Christ’s, when they can trace His image on their hearts. They are declared to others to be epistles of Christ by their good conversation and conduct in the world, showing forth the truth, reality, and power of religion in times of affliction, and often at a dying hour. “Holiness to the Lord” is impressed in clear and durable characters. They also resemble one another in mutual love, and in love to all that bear the image of their Master.
Am I the epistle of Christ? Do I read the epistles of Christ in my Bible, and find them written on my heart? Do I see the finger of God in this Divine book, and feel His Spirit renewing my soul? Do I read the mind of God there and heartily approve of His mind? What shall I render to Him for so great a privilege? O that all who see me may recognize the handwriting of Jesus in me!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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