Letters of the Heart
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 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. 2 Corinthians 3:1-3
George and I recently became members of AARP. We have cards identifying us as such. I have a card which identifies me as a Disney passholder. Maybe you have a Sam’s or Costco card. Almost every one of us has a card of some kind tying us to some group.
“You are our letter of recommendation…” Paul had a special place in his heart for the Christians at Corinth. He had started the church there, labored with them, cried with and for them, fought their sins, and praised their triumphs. The Corinthian church was dear to his heart and their growth showed their dedication to God.
We all are dear to someone’s heart. Someone worked with us, prayed for us, cried and rejoiced with us as we struggled with our faith until we finally acknowledged our need for our Savior. Every-where we go, we are a testament, whether as to God or to Satan. Our letter of commendation is written on someone’s (and God’s) heart; not on a sheet of paper we carry in our wallets. Is your letter prominently on display for the world to see or is it in danger of revocation?
“We are the only Bible the careless world will read. We are the sinner’s gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed. We are the Lord’s last message given in deed and word. What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?” (SS 512)