There is a saying that your life may be the only gospel someone ever reads. What does your life say? The letter of God is written by the Holy Spirit in your life and shared upon the hearts of those with whom you share life. What does your letter say?
2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we know that the Spirit of God takes residence within us and changes our lives. In this process, we become letters from Christ. The impact of God within us can be read by other people. In fact, the letter of God is written in human hearts.
The letter of God is written on your heart as the follower of Christ, on the hearts of those who shared Christ with you, and upon the hearts of those with whom you share life.
Your life is a living letter of God. What does it say?
The Apostle Paul goes on to discuss the confidence and competence we can take on as humans in our pride. Let this be a caution to not think you can write your own letter…
There are those who would say their competence comes from themselves. They stand before God and the world confident in their own stead. They likely believe that human accomplishment or human goodness will have currency in the economy of God. Or they do not concern themselves with the thoughts of God at all.
The confidence of the follower of Christ is through Christ before God. We are not competent ourselves to claim anything before God. Only in God can we become competent ministers of the new covenant of Jesus. Jesus brings life to us and we share that life with others. Our own lives as followers of Jesus are the letters they read.
There is a saying that your life may be the only gospel someone ever reads. What does your life say? What does your letter say?
May our lives reflect that Jesus is our source,
That the Holy Spirit of the living God is writing our life letters,
That our hearts are changed,
That our confidence is in Christ and our competence is from God,
So that we can serve others with the new covenant of grace in Jesus.
That would be a good foundation of any letter… Surrender to God to write yours…