Saturday, November 16

Living letters

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3-6

2 Corinthians 3:3 (NLT) Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.

Observation

Paul is addressing his credentials with the Corinthians. Does he need letters of recommendation to them or from them?  Of course not.  He led them to Christ and taught them.  They are his letter of recommendation.  

Then, as now, people needed letters of recommendation.  I just filled out one for a friend yesterday who was applying for a job.  In Paul’s day, when traveling, one brought letters of introduction or recommendation to give to one’s host.  These letters assured the recipient of the person’s character.  “You can trust this person.”  Paul is telling the Corinthians that he doesn’t need these letters with them—they are his letter—their very lives commend Paul.

Verse 3 explains that they are a letter from Christ, written by the Spirit of God on human hearts.  They were living letters from Jesus.  They were walking, breathing advertisements not only for Paul who led them to Jesus, but for Jesus who saved and changed them.  

Application

I love the image of being living letters!  How do we recommend or introduce Jesus to people who don’t know Him?  We are the living letters of Jesus!  Our lives recommend Him to others.  

This is both a great responsibility and a great honor.  The good news is that I’m not writing the letter; Jesus is.  The Spirit is writing it on my heart.  If I’m surrendered to Jesus and following Him, He is making my life a beautiful living letter about Him.    

It’s been said, “You are the only Bible many people will read.”  Let Jesus write on your heart!

Prayer: Jesus, make me a beautiful living letter about You!  Make my life a recommendation of You.