“The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 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.” – 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
A living letter!
When we read a letter sent from someone we love, we get excited reading the words on the paper and hang on every word as it unfolds.
As I read 1 Corinthians 2 onwards I am captivated by phrases ‘he uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere’ and ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’. These descriptions are vivid and point me directly at Christ, his passion and the role we have as we walk with Him. We are not mouldy, damp, dusty aging letters to be hidden in an archive or old library, but a living organism where Christs living words and life can unfold.
So how do we read the letters written in God’s Word and then bring them to life in our own lives? Christ did all the hard work for you, we know that the spirit of Christ lives in Us and is a active agent in our lives – not passive by any means. If we acknowledge that being a vessel for Christ means walking In His spirit daily, we need to let others see this fragrance!
Simply put; it means we need to let all ‘we learn from His Word and His Spirit as he ministers to us’ be something that others see IN US.
We understand that the spirit of the Living God has written his life on our hearts, we must let others see this Glory and Truth. It’s not just a role but a duty we have.. Why hide an eternal life giving hope under a rock when we can share it for the entire world to see, let’s not prevent this love and eternal hope from shining!
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” – Matthew 5:15