The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, June 29, comes to us from Alice H. Murray of Florida
Living Cover Letter
Thought for the Day: How can I be a living cover letter for Christ today?
2 Corinthians 3:1-6: “Does it sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back, insisting our credentials, asserting our authority? Well, we’re not. Neither do we need letters of endorsement, either to you or from you. You yourself are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you, Christ wrote it – not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives — and we publish it.
“We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this – that you, written by Christ 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. God’s 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, Christ’s life on our lives.” (The Message)
I struggled to write a cover letter to accompany an article I was submitting to a magazine. The editor required the letter as a way of introducing myself. But, did listing facts such as my educational background, job experiences, and previous publications allow the editor to really know me? He would know about me from reading my letter, but knowing about me is not the same as knowing me. Only by spending time with me, listening to my words and observing my actions, would the editor really know who I am.
Christians are living cover letters for Christ. Every day we write a letter for those around us to read. We can tell others about Christ by listing various facts: he was a great teacher, he healed the sick, and he was crucified and raised to new life. But knowing things about Christ does not mean that we know who he is. As living cover letters, Christians convey who Christ is. Then others may come to know Christ by spending time with us and observing our earthly reflection of our heavenly Savior. Will those we encounter come to know Christ by our living letter?
Prayer: Living Lord, help us to reflect you in our words and actions each day so that others may desire to fully know and serve you. Amen.
Alice H. Murray Florida
Friends – Alice H. Murray reminds each of us to ask ourselves how we are living out our calling to be cover letters for Christ? Are our actions a reflection of Christ’s life as we know it from Holy Scripture? Are we loving others as we love ourselves?
As Pastor Anthony reminds us: Do we live like we are blessings from God, and then do we go out to be blessings to others”