Becoming Living Epistles
DeVern Fromke tells a story in his book, “No Other
Foundation,” of a young Bible School student, who was
eager to preach. He was doing his internship with a local
pastor, and finally heard the words he had been waiting for,
“Come, and we will preach today.”
Excited, the young intern joyfully went with the pastor.
Walking through the narrow streets of the town, the pastor
gave a coin to a beggar. He spoke a word of sympathy to the
widow, and he dried the tears of a weeping child. Then they
turned to go back to the Church.
Disappointed, the young student asked, “But when are
we going to preach?” The pastor answered, “We
have been preaching all this time.”
Paul speaks of us, as being an “Epistle … known
and read of all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:2). Our lives
are to be witnesses, a “book” that can be both
seen and read, of the Lord’s love toward mankind. Our
being this “witness” is an expression of the high
calling of God, resting upon our lives, no matter how the
sermon might have been preached.
There are some who are anxious to preach before a crowd of
people, or to serve when the applause of man is forthcoming,
and at times, the world seems to elevate these. But, there
are those who are known by God, whom the Lord is bringing
forth; those who are simply “willing” - willing
to give their lives to loving others, to single out that “one”
who is down and discouraged, to give them a loving touch,
or a caring word. These are “living epistles”
that can be read by all men.
There is a love and peace that emanates from these people.
It has nothing to do with their fancy words, but rather, something
that has been worked into their hearts through the choices
they have made. Regardless of what they are doing, when you
are with them, you are both ministered to and feel love. You
see and hear Jesus.
First and foremost, we are to give ourselves to the Lord.
It is His presence that makes the difference, whether we are
speaking, or just giving a smile. It is His presence that
touches hearts and changes lives. As we abide in Him, then
as “living epistles,” we can give ourselves to
others, even as Christ gave Himself for us. It does not matter
if we are seen or appreciated. The Lord sees, and the Lord
This is God’s desire for us, that we abide in Christ,
so His life can be seen through us. This dimension of who
Christ is, will absolutely transform us. As true intercessors,
we will then be willing to give our lives, whether it be in
word or in deed, that the ministry of the Holy Spirit may
come forth, meeting the needs of others.
“Lord, we desire to love like You love. Lord, we desire
to have Your heart
of love and compassion toward others. Touch us, Lord, I pray.
us to become true givers, acceptable and pleasing in your
sight – Epistles
known by You, and read by others, that You may have all the