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Letter by Christ
"You are like a letter written by Christ and delivered by us. But you are not written with pen and ink or on tablets made of stone. You are written in our hearts by the Spirit of the living God.” (2Co 3:3)
In New Testament times it was common practice to send a recommendation letter with people that were going to visit a town or community for the first time. Almost like the testimonials or CV’s that we use today. Paul refers to this kind of letter in the above verse. There is an example of such a letter in the New Testament which Paul wrote to the Romans, “I have good things to say about Phoebe, who is a leader in the church at Cenchreae. (2) Welcome her in a way that is proper for someone who has faith in the Lord and is one of God's own people. Help her in any way you can. After all, she has proved to be a respected leader for many others, including me.” (Rom 16:1-2)
The truth is that every believer is a letter written by Christ; written with the Spirit of the living God. This is an inspiration, but also a warning that your everyday life should be a testimony to God.
Remember for many people you will be the only Bible they will ever read!
Always be mindful of the fact that you are a representative and ambassador of the Kingdom of God.
And although you need to represent the Kingdom of God as mentioned above, you still also need to run your own race. If an athlete wants to win a race there is two things that he has to do:
First he needs to free himself from the things behind him. Can you imagine an athlete running a race with heavy shoes; a thick jacket and a cane in his hand? No, he needs to be streamline and therefore cannot take any of his baggage with him when running the race. Our only objective should be to reach the goal.
He needs to press forward to reach his goal. The Holy Spirit shows us what is right and wrong so that we may complete the race successfully and receive the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
“My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before, (14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Php 3:13-14)
The Holy Spirit gives you the enthusiasm, diligence and strength to press forward and to reach your goal. Then you will be able to confess along with Paul,” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. (8) Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that Day; and not to me only, but also to all those who love His appearing.” (2Ti 4:7-8)
In closing my friend I want to leave you with this thought:
Remember if you are always looking in your rear-view mirror at your past and what you left behind, you won’t be able to see where you are going. And that can only lead to you missing out on all the good God has planned for your future.