A Letter of Recommendation

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this—that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation. We wouldn’t think of writing this kind of letter about ourselves. Only God can write such a letter. His letter authorizes us to help carry out this new plan of action. The plan wasn’t written out with ink on paper, with pages and pages of legal footnotes, killing your spirit. It’s written with Spirit on spirit, his life on our lives!” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6, MSG)

Can you remember the last time you wrote or requested a letter of recommendation? When you do so, you hope that the writer can provide enough insight to help present you to others. Generally, such letters include how the writer knows you, knowledge of skills and abilities, and how he or she thinks you will perform in the new environment. A succinct writing is best, along with specific examples.

I love how the Apostle Paul talked about his own letter of recommendation. He indicated that it was written by God in the lives of those who exemplified the results of Christian witness from his ministry. It comes down to the succinct and specific example of Jesus’ life covering his own, so that people saw Jesus through him. Pretty cool, huh?

Are you living in such a way that you are a letter of recommendation for God’s work? Can people see Jesus through you? Using your life in such a way helps the message of redemption jump off the pages of Scripture, and into the motion picture of your life. May the words you say, and the things you do, present the goodness of God to all with whom you come in contact.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving me, and giving me the power of new life for you, now and forever. I want to be a letter or recommendation for you, so others may see you through the way I live. I ask this in the living and loving name of Jesus. Amen.

 

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