The famous actor Gregory Peck was once standing in line with a friend, waiting for a table in a crowded Los Angeles restaurant. They had been waiting for some time, the diners seemed to be taking their time eating and new tables weren’t opening up very fast. They weren’t even that close to the front of the line. Peck’s friend became impatient, and he said to Gregory Peck, “Why don’t you tell the maitre d’ who you are?” Gregory Peck responded with great wisdom. “No,” he said, “if you have to tell them who you are, then you aren’t.”
Perhaps there is a lesson here for us. There is nothing wrong with telling people you are a Christian – as a matter a fact it would be a good thing. But shouldn’t the way we live have already proclaimed such? Friends, the Bible declares, “Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ…” (2 Cor. 3:2-3a). Jesus says it this way, “Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:14-16).
One Poet wrote,
There’s a sweet old story, translated for men,
But writ in the long ago;
The Gospel according Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Of Christ and His mission below
You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day,
By the deeds you do, by the words you say.
Men read what you write, whether faithless or true,
Say! What is the gospel according to you?
‘Tis a wonderful story – that gospel of love,
As it shines in the Christ-life divine;
And O, that its truth might be spoke again
In the story of your life and mine!
You are writing each day a letter to men!
Take care that the writing is true.
‘Tis the only gospel some men will read –
That gospel according to you.
Think About It!
Have A Great Day!
Park Heights church of Christ
P. O. Box 107
1300 East Boynton Street
Hamilton, Texas 76531
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”