I spent the morning at the Department of Driver’s Services, finally getting my expired driver’s license renewed. Of course, I had planned to go several weeks ago before it lapsed, only to discover that due to new identity theft protocols implemented by my state, I now had to present five pieces of documentation proving my legal name and residence. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate my certified birth certificate, so I had to send off to North Carolina for an official copy. Once I had that in hand, I gathered my my social security card, marriage license (to prove my name change) and two utility bills verifying my residence, and headed off to take care of this annoying obligation.
But as I sat in the hard plastic chairs awaiting the pleasant sounding computer generated voice to alert me that “Ticket number B-174 was now being served at counter number 13,” I found myself thinking about the credentials that were resting on my lap.
In a very real way, the lives of believers serve a similar function before the unbelieving world that those documents did at the counter at the DDS. As we invite “the message of Christ dwell” in us richly (Col 3:16) and are “transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Rom 12:2), our lives become living documents that others can ‘read’ to verify that there is hope in this life through a relationship with Christ.
The world is vast and full of people who will never be inclined to pick up a Bible, turn on a Christian broadcast, or darken the door of a church. But when we endeavor to live lives of purity, godliness, and uncompromising commitment to God, we authenticate the truth and give those outside the faith a living portrayal of the Gospel! In essence, they are able to read His message tattooed on the skin of our words, attitudes and actions. Paul said it like this: You show that you are a letter from Christ, … 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 3:2-3
So as we go about our routines each day, be aware that whether you notice or not, others are watching you to verify the authenticity of what you say you believe. In that light, remember to make every effort to be living breathing testaments of the love of God poured out on this world and act in such a way that the light of your life certifies His truth and draws others into a relationship with Christ that will never expire.