A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, January 8, 2014
“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” – 2 Corinthians 3:3
What a powerful declaration that the Lord has spoken over every one of His sons and daughters! What a profoundly amazing assignment and identity that every believer has and wears! We are a letter from the Savior Himself! We are the greeting cards, the living testimonies, of God made manifest! Let us exclaim in agreement with every heavenly host: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes!” (Romans 1:16).
The Greek word for “show” as used in this verse is phaneroo (pr. fan-er-o-o), which means “to literally or figuratively render apparent, manifestly declare, make manifest” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Are you catching this, family?! To manifestly declare! Ride that Holy Ghost Wave! Our very lives, our actions, the way we carry ourselves, the way we walk, talk, move, and breath are to manifestly declare Jesus Christ! My God, my God!
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “manifestly declare” as to “readily perceive by the senses and especially the sense of sight; obvious, to make evident, to make clear, show.” Are you an obvious letter of Christ, family? Or are you too busy singing “nobody knows, the trouble I’ve seen?”
As a letter of Christ, how are you weathering the storms of the world? Is your paper ‘world-proofed’ with the Blood of the Lamb? Are you ‘world-resistant,’ keeping the papyrus of your heart clean and stain-free of the world’s junk food, so you can easily be read as one who points to the Glory of God? Are your corners crumpled by the world’s chaos? Or are your pages straight and narrow to reflect the Way, Who is the Savior?
The association to “Christ,” as used here is amazing! The Greek word for “Christ” Christos (pr. Khris-tos), is “the Anointed Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.” Webster defines an “epithet” as “a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing.” We are a living phrase, a living testimony, representing the One who lives within us!
Genesis 1:26 takes us all the way back to the beginning as it testifies “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’”; and 2 Corinthians 5:20 straightens us out and up as it reminds us of our charge: “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
How does your letter read, my brother? What edge are you showing, my sister? Let us be who God called us to be; let us reflect the Image of the One Whom we love, because He first loved us (1 John 4:9). Let our writing be easily read by all who see us; and let them read upon our hearts, as their eyes well up with tears: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8).
Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for your Great Commission, in which You commanded us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). Help us, Most Holy Father, to be the letters of Christ that You have called us to be. Make us mindful of this weighty matter that is ever before us. Let us always remember that if it had not been for You, oh Merciful God, we would have gone under (Psalm 124). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are Your most wonderfully-written epithet. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to remember who you are and Whose you are. You are a child of the Most High King, purchased with the priceless and spotless Blood of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Choose to let your light shine so that all can easily read your testimony, which points to God, your Glorious Father, through the Blood of His Son, your Sovereign Savior. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping the paper of your heart clean and pristine; for God, your Ancient Scroll, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.