2 Corinthians 3:1-2 “Do 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:”
A story was told of four friends who were also preachers. In the course of their discussion, they argued about the best version of the bible.
One said, “I love to preach from the King James Version. It is original in content. It tells the word the way it is. So, it’s the best version as far as I’m concerned.”
The second said “no way. New International Version is the best. It makes use of simple and clear internationally acceptable words.”
The third preacher said he prefers the Amplified Version because it elaborates on the words. It gives a detailed description of the words used in the bible.
The fourth preacher when asked of his opinion said “my mother’s version is the best.” The other friends were astounded and they asked if his mother wrote a version of the holy bible but he declined and said, “while growing I saw my mother live the scriptures. She lived all her life according to the scriptures.”
The truth is many people look at our lives and use our conduct as a yardstick to measure the scriptures. We are not just suppose to be preachers, or teachers of the word but must also endeavor to live the scriptures.
Many of us still fail one way or the other in being worthy examples of the believers. We need to be careful in words and in our acts, not in being pretentious or putting on a facade but actually living according to the scriptures submitting oneself to the leading of the Holy Spirit, having both the form of godliness and possessing the power also.
The best preaching is the one done with our lives not with our mouth. People will respect and believe us more if they see us live the scriptures not just preach it. Many preach and teach but a few actually live. The book of Acts of the Apostle started with the testimony of all that Jesus began both to do and teach. Note that He lived the scriptures and then taught it. We also must be like Jesus.
Paul charges Timothy to “be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
As believers, we must conduct ourselves properly in choices of words. We must be adent students of the scriptures and letting it show in our daily conversations. In showing love one to another, we must become examples. We must become a reference point, showing and living in love towards all. In Spirit, we must be an example. In faith also. Fear must not fill our lives. We must not be the one spreading fear. We should be strong and resolute in faith. We must also be examples of believers in purity. We must not be involved in messy matters. We must be a people of integrity and honesty.
I’m always ashamed of myself anytime I fail in showing an example of a believer. It’s not just about feeling ashamed or sorry but to trust God for help to live “blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” Phil. 2:15. It requires our conscious efforts and our submission to the Holy Spirit. Live Christ. Live responsibly.
God bless you.