Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim any thing for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. II Corinthians 3:5
Throughout the last ten months the only handwritten letters I’ve received in the mail have been penned from the hand of my own mother. Her encouragement, her every day happenings in her garden and around the house, her concerned tone and undeniable firmness, all of which is sealed by her hand. What a treasure to have! There’s truly nothing greater than getting a hand-written letter from someone. It spells love, it communicates the rawness of care and the loyalty of belonging. It’s value is unmeasurable!
We see this level of value and importance in the working world as well. Whether it’s in finding a job or applying for school, letters play a vital role. They endorse! With a letter people become validated, affirmed and creditable. And having it written, perhaps even formally prepared, it’s sealed by the author and too, is valuable.
But what if? What if Christ wrote a letter for me? What if He sat down and penned a letter about me — what He thought, what He sees in me, what His day was like, what dangers may lie ahead for me, what concerns He has for me, what He really thinks about me? Oh, Lord Jesus, to have and to hold such a letter would send me to my knees, shaking like a leaf. It would bring such confidence and assurance knowing those things. I would read it over and over again.
Word has it He actually has such a letter! He has made this letter — and it’s ME! I am a letter from Christ Himself! And with this letter comes full assurance of who I am, full confidence in who I am, full wisdom in knowing who I am, able to rest in the truth that the Spirit of the One who lives in me gives me all strength and power to face the raging storms and pelting hail that can so easily destroy. That in my weakness He is the strength that sustains me when I wait in the ravines of life.
Thank you Lord Jesus for writing my life! Thank you for your daily Word that tells me what you think of me, what your days are like, what concerns you have and how much you love me! The fact that you have taken the time to sit down, give immense thought in scripting my story and in crimson red, pen a letter — me — is beyond the greatest of any love man can describe!
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on everybody. 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. II Corinthians 3:1-3