1Peter 3 Recently a person noted that when they left this earth they did not want to even leave a footprint. Yet, as a living stone, we are challenged to leave a “God-print” wherever we go to whomever we meet. As a living stone our “God-print” is sharing God’s love purely by the way we live before them---get that---not always by preaching but by living.

Confession time here.

Do you think, like me, that every conversation must include “speaking” spiritual truth into the lives of those who do not know our Lord and Savior? Perhaps this other person to whom I was speaking has latched on to a truth I had not considered deeply enough and it is this: people begin by reading people. So the question is; what are they reading? Do they “read” God’s love through our pure and reverent conduct?  Is our inner person shining through our outer person as we honor them?

Let’s get personal here.

How about our home life? Do our tongues edify? “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” [Eph 4] Secondly, do we not only seek peace but pursue it? Thirdly, when God opens a door to speak are we prepared to give an answer about how God stepped into our lives and put his print on it? Are we courteous and respectful?

We are living stones and others are “reading” us. Truly we may be the “only” God-print they read. Who is reading us today? 

Published by Gaye Austin