I love writing letters. One year, I made a New Year’s resolution that I would write one letter every day. My passion around corresponding with others was so strong, that was the only resolution I’ve ever kept.
In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, Paul wrote: You yourselves are our letter; written on our hearts, known and read by everybody…written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. It thrills me to think of myself as a living letter. It gives me joy to know the Spirit of God writes on our human hearts. But being read by everyone? There is something a little chilling about that thought.
Throughout our lives, God sends many love letters our way. If you are like me, there are some that brought great joy, but there are several I suspect you wanted to mark Return to Sender. The words seemed harsh and unsympathetic and I wondered if they were really from God. Would a loving God be telling me that? I knew, though, by the return address He had sent them to me. And deep in my heart, I suspected He sent them because I needed to grow.
People have sent me letters I’ve kept for many years. They were so uplifting, encouraging and there was no way I could toss something so inspirational. I take them out and read them over and over again because they are such treasures. And when God sends me one of those, I’m filled with a holy joy, an almost unspeakable divine ecstasy.
You are a letter to the world, just as I am one. God has written His message on our hearts and mailed us out to the world. People read His message in our actions. They become acquainted with His presence in our words.
What do people read in your letters? Will they be welcomed like a soldier so happy to have a letter from home or will they be viewed as junk mail? Are they dreaded like an overdue bill or will people see your letter as one written with exquisite love – wooing them to Christ?
What will your letter say today?