Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014 “Living Letters”

“Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives.” (2 Corinthians 3:3)

Good Morning Prayer Partners!

As I prepare to share my thoughts with you this morning, after reading this verse from 2 Corinthians 3:3, I  ask myself, “Without access to this computer and the ability to instantaneously transmit that which I have written, would I still write down my thoughts and encourage others to pray? Would I take the time to send out handwritten letters to friends and encourage them to read what I had written?”  The answer, I believe, would be “Certainly, not on a daily basis.” For one thing, my handwriting is atrocious. I can hardly read it myself, let alone have someone else struggle to read what I scrawled on paper. I am, therefore, quite thankful for this 21st century tool. But even with this, I really don’t know how many people actually take the time to read what I have written, or if is of any real benefit to the masses. No matter. I let the Lord handle the distribution issues. I believe he gets what he wants to those who need to see or hear it. After all, He’s been doing that for centuries. Lest it be misunderstood, I am not comparing these musings of mine with Scripture. I would never presume to be so arrogant as to even remotely suggest such a thing. I will say, however, that my very life, and the lives of every Christian, for that matter, are, as Paul notes in what truly is scripture, “Living Letters.”  He tells the Corinthian Christians quite specifically, “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you.” 

Have you ever thought of you life as being a “living letter?” The things you say and do, the things you watch, the way you interact with people all convey information to others as to the type of person you are. Perhaps at one time or another, someone has asked you, “Am I reading you correctly?” In asking the question, they want to make sure they are understanding what they see you doing or hear you saying, as in reading a letter. When Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthians, he reminds them that they are “living letters”. He tells them who they truly are by saying, “Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives.”  He is reminding them of their new identity in Christ, and that this new identity is going to be demonstrated in every aspect of their lives from now on. Paul understood that the Enemy would seek to obscure this truth in their hearts by whispering lies regarding their true identity. He still does to this day. He does so through the Law of God, by which every man, woman, and child falls short. He accuses us, reminding us of our failures. That’s why Paul referred to writing “Chiseled in stone”. He was referring to the Old Testament Law. But Paul reminds the Corinthians that “God’s Living Spirit” has transformed us from those under the Law to those covered by grace. While the letter of the Law leads to death, the “Living Letter” of grace means eternal life and freedom in Christ, carved into our hearts, and our lives witness this truth to others.

What will people ‘read” when they read the “living letter” that is you? Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; Inscribe your love and grace on my heart, that as people see me and ‘read” the letter that is my life, they may learn of your saving grace and embrace its truth in their own hearts. Thank You, Lord, for such amazing grace. Amen!

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