Dwight L. Moody was a Bible scholar and, in his day, did as much to promote formal study of the Bible as anyone else. Yet one of his most famous quotes is, “Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christian.” Moody understood the vital importance of Christian living to the spread of the gospel.
God has left his written word for the world to read and understand. The mysteries of justice and grace are there for anyone who wants to learn. But he has also left the church as his living word on earth. Through our lives and speech and grace and actions the world should also learn the mysteries of God and the character of God.
You are the first version of God’s word that many will ever read. Consider what awesome responsibility that places on your shoulders!