Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Letters of Recommendation

Greetings Readers, 

This entry has been a long time coming and I apologize for that, I hope this little message brings you all encouragement and understanding of who Christ calls us to  be...

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reading the letter’s Paul wrote to the Corinthians during my devotional time. Every time I read these letters something new and exciting is revealed to me. On the surface these two letters seem very harsh and direct with regard to how people should live but there are several scriptural gems that for me make these two letters special.

2nd Cor. 3:1-3 is one of those scriptural gems that really stand out to me. Here is verse 3, “You are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” I had to think about one for a while before I understood it.

What I found opened my eyes to something I had had never really seen before; Ministry is validated through the witness of those that we minister to. Of course I’ve known this, but to see it in scripture was something special. It reminded me that the people we impact with the ministry we are involved in are our “letters of recommendation” (3:1). They are our witnesses and ultimately God’s.  The way they perceive Christianity through the way we act, the way we speak and the way we live affects their view of Christ. 

In the end, this means is that the best way we can help the Kingdom of God grow is by the example we set for those around us. When visitors come they need to see a church they feel at home in, that meets the needs of their heart, and that is indeed a “letter of recommendation” for God.

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Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you
(2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),

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