You show that you are a letter from Christ . . . (2 Corinthians 3:3)
One of the many dictionary definitions of a “calling card” comes under the heading of “visiting card” – a card used to signify a visit made to a house or a business as an introduction to oneself. The primary difference between the common calling card and the cosmic calling card is this: Where the common calling card introduces oneself, the cosmic calling card introduces one’s Savior.
Every Christian is Christ’s calling card (2 Corinthians 3:3), sent by God to introduce Christ to the world. Everything about us — both our walk and our talk — should point to the One whom we serve. Let’s take a look.
- Witness With Our Talk
In writing to the Ephesians, Paul provided the formula for how we are to witness with our talk: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). In its context, that verse was telling the Ephesians then — and you and me today — that we can grieve the Holy Spirit by the way we communicate with others. If we are going to be a witness for Jesus as His calling card, our language must represent and reflect the One we are speaking for. When we open our mouths to speak, we should be building others up, not tearing them down. In the process, we will be putting the Gospel on display, because what we say will be a benefit to those we speak to.
- Witness With Our Walk
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). A walk without works shouts to the watching world that our faith is dead. The works in no way save us, but they are evidence that we are actually saved . . . that we truly belong to Him.
As Dr. Kennedy would often say, “When you are saved, God changes your wanter!” As believers, we begin to desire the things of God and desire less and less the stuff of this world. We live for the purpose of God by the power of God. Our desires have changed because our destiny has changed. As the Reformers said, “We are saved by faith alone, but not a faith that is alone.
So how well are you witnessing for your Lord with both your talk and your walk? What kind of “Calling Card Christian” are you? Are you living a life for the glory of God and the good of others? If not, what changes do you need to make? If you don’t make those changes, what will it cost you? The next time you encounter someone, remember, you are Christ’s calling card, and both your talk and your walk will indicate to others the kind of God you serve.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!