2 Corinthians 3:3 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.
A letter of recommendation is often an important part of a job application. You’ve got this resume’ with all your qualifications on it, but the employer wants to know if other people feel the same way about you as you feel about yourself. They want to know that you really are who you say you are. Yes, a good recommendation is important. But sometimes you will ask someone to write a letter for you and it backfires. It could be because they aren’t a great writer or it could be because they don’t think you are all that great. Could you imagine that happening to you?
“Brad is a really great guy. Even though he is always late, he is very good when he shows up.” “Brad is a great talker. He has lots of good things to say. And when he chooses to back up what he says with his actions, it’s really nice.” “There are hundreds of people that would be worse than Brad at this job. In comparison, he would be a good choice.” “Brad works well with animals. People, not so much.” “Brad is a lot of fun, especially when we go out drinking together!” Aaahhhhhhh! Okay, none of this is actually true (I hope), but what a nightmare that would be.
So when Paul writes to the believers at Corinth, he tells them that they are in fact the letter of recommendation to both his ministry and to Christ. A living letter of recommendation, huh? That’s really what we are though, aren’t we. We are living letters of recommendation for Jesus. I wonder what we say with our lives about Him. “He is a really great guy, but you don’t need to get to know him, just call him when you have a problem. He’s kind of like the roto-rooter guy.” Or maybe we say, “He says He will love you unconditionally, but you are just kind of hard to love.” What do our lives say about Jesus? Are we a letter of recommendation that would help Him land the job – rather, land the heart?