Posted by: springsinthedesert | July 8, 2010

Are You A Living Bible?

In our Bible study on Wednesdays, we are learning about sacrifices. Our Pastor is teaching us from Romans 12:1…how we can present ourselves as a living sacrifice, pleasing and acceptable unto God. To be a living sacrifice, we need to offer our body on the altar…our thoughts, our actions, our words, our vision..everything. One thing that I realized is that when we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, God transforms us to a living testimony of God’s WORD.  When others look at us..they should see us as a living Bible…I know I have failed many times…but each day, He is preparing you and me to be the Living Bible. The following story was sent to me by one of my friends and I feel that this story explains exactly what I need to write.

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant, Kind of profound and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit, A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won’t be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. 

When the minister gains control, he says, "What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget." "Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!"

                                                                           Author Unknown

 

God Bless,

Rani John

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  1. Thank you, Rani, for reminding everyone of us today that we are the letter that is read by the non-believers and…….the new-born believers too. The compassion of Jesus was extended towards women (who were the second class citizens of His time), children, the scandalized, notorious tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, the untouchables like the Canaanite woman and the Samaritan woman, etc., etc., challenging the ethics of the ‘well-dressed, dignified’ society. Our Lord had compassion towards the spiritually needy who killed and stoned the prophets and those who were possessed by demons. But great ‘spiritual’ churches of today even dictate who will partake of the Lord’s Table on Sundays.

    This is a thought provoking sharing, Rani. May God of all grace help us to be clear and legible letters that other people could read to know Jesus. When we are weak He is our strength.
    Be richly blessed,
    Susan

  2. Rani,
    Oh my gosh, you know this one sings to me. How touching a story of a Living Bible this is. Oh that we might drop our crutches and hang ups and sit with those in a low station that they might know acceptance through the Lord and His people. Great story sister
    God Bless
    Jim

  3. What a moving story and one I hadn’t heard before! But I will certainly remember the visual of this happening and prayerfully ask to for opportunities to be a living bible each day. You are so sensitive to His hand upon you, Rani! love, deb

  4. I’m just surprised and wanted to share this with you, Rani, almost 13 years back God spoke to me the same words when i had lots of non-christians as friends, that you don’t want to force them to read bible, but when you read it and, then, when they will see you how you act and walk, they will then read the bible through you,He said be a walking Bible. And I’ve been trying to do that all those time. You can’t be perfect, but we can strive to be one, and only God alone can see that. But, what amazes & makes me happy is that God is speaking the same word to christians all over the world to be a walking bible and not to just pass one(Bible).
    You are doing a good job Rani, keep it up. with lots of Love. Caroline

  5. Dear sister Rani,

    The story is so touching. Jesus is always for people who are weak, discouraged, lonely,
    poor & are looking out for help.

    Service to others is more important than
    a sermon. People will forget the sermon. But will
    not forget the service done to them. Jesus came
    to serve not to be served.

    Service with sermon is the most effective work
    for the lord. God is seeking from his people
    who will stand with the weak and who are not
    acknowledged in community because of the their
    circumstances.

    I thank God for the great work he is doing through
    you.

    Be blessed and be a blessing.

    In Christ,
    Rajan Skaria


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