“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all people; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3.2-3
When Jesus came into the world a star shone bright over Bethlehem, God’s sign to all, I am here and I have good news. Come and I will share it with you. Seeing that star, wise men and women have been able to find their way to God.
Now, if Christ has truly come at Faith Church, as we celebrated at Christmas, one would think that such a star hovers over God’s sanctuary at 2701 South Lamar. It’s hard to tell these days since we have so filled the sky with lights of our own devising. We rarely see many stars anymore, even when we bother to look up. We flood the world with our lit up business towers and stadium lights, lights in trees and shopping malls, lights on cars and SoCo bars, now seemingly more numerous than God’s heavenly lights. So, if the light of Christ is shining here, and I believe it is, it should come as no surprise that Austin folk may not notice it in all the glare.
What to do? Perhaps, like that star God sent to guide the Magi, God would have us be stars for Austin, signs for other people, telling the world, “Over here, this way, I’m here and I have good news. Come and I will share it with you.”
Or, to put it the way Paul did in one of his letters to the Methodists in Corinth: “you yourselves are our letter of recommendation . . . to be read by all people . . . you are a letter from Christ….” And as Jesus reminded us in Matthew, we’re not meant to be lights kept hidden under bushels. We’re not mail waiting to be sent, unopened, and never read. We’re letters from Christ, birthday cards, sympathy notes, and dinner invitations. We’re sent by Christ direct mail to every zip code and P.O. box. And since God doesn’t send junk mail, we’re all going First Class. So click on “Send,” friend, trust God with the journey and never worry that some mailer-daemon will declare you undeliverable.
Ready to go? How about inviting a friend to church this Sunday. Jesus didn’t send snail mail or any other kind of mail. Jesus went out and invited people in person. The essential thing is not the word written with ink but the Spirit of the living God working though you, not lines on paper or email, but a love letter you send from your heart. God sends us into the world to be letters from Christ, greeting cards and party invitations, to be known and read by all, marked First Class / Express Mail. What’re you waiting for?
A fellow postal worker for the Lord,