Daily Devotion, September 2, 2020 - Is Your Life a Letter of Recommendation?

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – September 2, 2020
Reading:
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Is Your Life a Letter of Recommendation?

Over the years, as a supervisor and now as a pastor, I have been asked to write many letters of recommendations for people who are applying for jobs or for entry into colleges and universities. The format for these letters is pretty similar beginning with a description of my relationship with the individual and followed by a paragraph that speaks to the virtues and values they possess that will make them THE best candidate for the job or for acceptance into a particular academic environment. I usually conclude with a comment that summarizes, without any reservation or hesitation, why I feel this person is the only logical choice for the particular job or acceptance letter she or he is hoping to obtain.

The apostle Paul, as he speaks about the lives of the Corinthians, refers to them as a “letter of recommendation from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God; written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” This letter of recommendation is not intended to espouse or promote the people of Corinth for a job or entrance into a university or college but rather is intended by God to reach the hearts of those who do not yet know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Today, as we go through the day, let us reflect on our lives and the type of letter God would write about us as a recommendation to those who do not know Christ. If we think of our lives as a letter, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, how do they speak to and testify about the competence of God and the confidence we have in God through Christ? Are there any changes you or I might need to make? Let us pray that we might reflect who, what and how God would have us be.

Dear God, thank you for inscribing your letter of recommendation on our hearts through your Holy Spirit. Help us to reflect your competence with confidence that comes through your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 
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