In 2 Corinthians, chapter 3, Paul writes this:
“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered 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.”
Paul writes the Corinthians to remind them of the grace that is theirs in Jesus Christ, and the duty that is also theirs as his disciples. But he knows that a letter is not enough: He knows they can’t just take his letter, and use it to invite people into the Kingdom of God – “Hey! I’ve got this great letter from Paul – let me just read it to you!”
Shouldn’t it be enough that a church is in place – the banner is outside – the building is built? The Bible is read every Sunday. The Holy Spirit will do the rest, and I can help from time to time?
Paul is clear: We are God’s letters of recommendation to the people we know, love, and work with. God uses our lives – what we say, think, and do – to reach the people who do not know him; to reach people who know him, but need to wake up. Because you are his “letters of recommendation”, God says this about you: “I vouch for this guy – I vouch for her – she’s with you, in my name, to show you what I’m like – to invite you to join my people.”
This is true: The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to empower us to be his disciples where we work, play, and live. Spend your time in prayer, this week, meditating on Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians. And step out, with grace and boldness to reach people in Christ’s name.