Today’s devotion is “Known and Read” and my text is II 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:” (KJV) As the Holy Spirit conforms us in our life into the image of our Lord and Savior, God is glorified in us to this unbelieving world. This is the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and is a continuous process in our daily life. The Holy Spirit’s ministry in the life of the believer is to make us more like our Savior.
To illustrate this, man turns trees into paper through a process of cutting, trimming and refining. Much time is spent in drying the paper in a fiery kiln that reduces a mighty tree into fine writing paper. According to our text, we are God’s writing paper or His epistles that are known and read of all men. The Holy Spirit transforms the proud, self-willed, self-sufficient child of God into the image of the Son of God so that we can properly and accurately reflect our Savior in our lives.
This process involves fiery trials and tests of our faith, but as we yield to the refining work of our Lord, we will come forth the finer and be better “writing paper” upon which the message of the gospel can be read by unbelievers who may never step a foot into a church. Let us realize that people all around us are reading us like a book and we need to be careful how we talk, how we conduct our self, the places we go and the attitudes that we have. May we realize the great importance in being faithful to God in every area of our life. What message concerning our Lord and Savior are people reading in us?
Pastor Joey Durham