It is clear that you are Christ’s letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh. 2 Corinthians 3:3
Paul (author of 2 Corinthians) wrote this epistle in Philippi. The Corinthians were still begging for him to come back and teach them, but Paul wasn’t able to and sent a letter in place of his visit. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote about the condition of the church and what needed to change, but in 2 Corinthians we see him turn his focus to the state of ministry in the whole church body. I have always enjoyed reading Paul’s letters, but in 2 Corinthians I really feel as if Paul expresses himself and his heart in ways we don’t see in his other letters.
I love the imagery that each of our lives are letters written from Christ to any and all we cross paths with in this life. It’s a beautiful reminder of the power we have to shine with Christ in us. However, to really take hold of this scripture we need to start with chapters 1 and 2. In these first two chapters, Paul pours out his heart about many things, including the struggles they faced when they entered Asia to spread the Gospel. Paul explains, “It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!” (MSG, 2 Cor. 2:8-11)
Paul wanted the people of Corinth to understand how dire the situation in Asia had been and to be proud of the accomplishments they made with God in control and the prayers that had been prayed for them. It was a huge praise report in written form. Then, we get to chapter 3 where Paul make a great point and basically says, “Don’t worry. We know we aren’t the super heroes here and we don’t need any recommendation letters from you. The fact is, you all are our letters. You are the proof that our ministry is working, that the Holy Spirit is active in us and hearts are changing.” One of my greatest desires is to be a letter for Christ in all my thoughts and ways. Some days, I feel as if I have totally failed and others are much better. Thank goodness He knows were aren’t ever going to be perfect! The goal is to keep moving forward and striving to be the one He desires for us to be.
I really urge you to read 2 Corinthians in its entirety this week. It’s truly a heartfelt letter from Paul that is worth revisiting. I’m glad the verse I chose this week took me back to this book and reminded me that as Christians, whether you have a blog or not, we all have a ministry. The way we live out our lives is a ministry to those around us and can draw them closer to Christ so that they too can be a living letter of Christ’s love and life one day.
You will notice new art and pictures in my blogs starting this week. I want to introduce to you my friend and sister in Christ Polly Jo Green. She is an artist based in Cary, N.C. Visit her website at pollyjogreen.com.
Her art ranges from doodle creations to mixed media pieces. In addition to commissioned original art, her art is available on notecards. She also leads individuals through Spiritual Art Journeys which are personalized art retreats customized for individual clients.