A Living Letter of Christ

A LIVING LETTER OF CHRIST2-Karina's Thought

 

Last week I got a surprise! My father in Hong Kong sent me a letter. I felt a bit strange. Not as usually he wrote a letter. Beside talk several things, it is written at the end of his letter, “I am so sure you will have a question why I sent you a letter. My dear, may this letter become a reminder.  I strongly believe  you still remember  one thing  that related  with the letter “

My mind immediately drifted away to many years ago when I was teen. Yes of course I always remember about a letter. At the time, I just had a problem with my parents and starting to moving forward and letting go my bad past.  My parents gave me words that later on will totally change my life. “ You are a letter of Christ” still strong remembered in my mind what he said, “World can be knows  about God through how we live our life.  We are are a letter or book of Christ who represent God’s character and His righteousness. If our way of life is right, then the truth of God will shine from us. Otherwise if we claim to be followers of Christ but our lives contrary to what God wants, then we just become a stumbling block and scorn before others. We are an open letter of Christ who could be so obvious seen and read by people around us. Therefore, we have to be a testimony that can reflects a figure of Christ through our attitude and deeds”

As a God’s child we actually are a letter that fraught of Christ’s writing, not written by an ink but with the God’s spirit, and written directly in our heart. As Paul wrote epistles to the Corinthians,

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, 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 3:3)

A letter written by God’s spirit

I once read an article said that in 1991, nine pieces letters of Mark Twain the author of Tom Sawyer to his daughter sold for US$ 33.000. A piece of his daily letter could be sold for US$ 1,200 to 1,500. We may not have Mark Twain’s letter but in fact we have a set of priceless letters than Mark Twain’s letter and we are the letter itself that written not by an ink but with the Holy Spirit and also not written on the ordinary papers but direct on our heart. We are not just a daily letter; we are the special and priceless letter that contains magnificent stories about Jesus Christ.

A letter that brings the light

Besides reflecting a figure of Christ, as a letter of Christ, we are also a letter that can bring the light to the world as just Christ is the light of the world. As follower of Christ, we are called to be a light that brightens the “hidden corner” and brings many people to enter into the God’s glory.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.(Matthew 5:14 -16 NIV)

A letter that be a witnesses

We are also should to be witnesses of Christ to the whole world as it says in the book of Acts,

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

This is Jesus’ last message before He ascended to the Heaven. He describes in detail the steps that we have to do to be a witness. The initial step is in Jerusalem first, that refers to the environment or the city where we live. Then from there we move to the larger scope that is the whole of Judea, talk about the nation or state, and Samaria, describing other nations outside of Christian from there finally we reach the final stage, namely to the ends of the earth.

A letter that brings love and hope

For God loves us, every aspect and side of our lives it is proper to be a paper that used by God’s pen strokes to proclaim His greatest love to this world. So that people will read and know how great God’s love to us until He willing to gave His only son poured His blood on the cross.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

Today, there are so many people around us lost their hope.  As a letter of Christ we have to show that if we life in God, there is always hope no matter how difficult our lives today. As written in The Holy Bible,

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5 NIV)

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, (Hebrews 6:19 NIV)

A letter that reflect the glory of Christ

Our lives should reflect the glory of God and we shall be transformed into the same with His image. When Moses came down from Mount of Sinai after he spoke with God, his face was shone reflects God’s glory.

…, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was. (2 Corinthians 3:7 NIV)

Paul said that we can get great glory if we have a very close relationship with Christ and we will be like Christ because we are transformed by the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

(2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Now our problem is in our daily lives, have we become a true letter of Christ that always shows the figure of Christ, brings the light to the world, being a letter that tells the story of God’s love and hope, and reflect the glory of Christ? Or just the opposite, our lives only become a stumbling block, mockery, or even we are like a Christians who become a hindrance to people who wants to know more about Christ just for the trivia reasons? Mahatma Gandhi once had a rather hurts experience when he rejected to get into the church just because the differences of skin tone (Racial differences). He once said: “Suppose Christianity just like a sermon on the mount, and then I already become a Christians. But because the live of Christians I do not want to be a Christian” Friedrich Nietzsche who really hate Christianity said, “I will believe in their (Christian people) salvation if they are a little more looks as Christians who have been saved

My dear friends, what about us now?  Whether every single deeds and word  that came out from our lips has been reflect a letter of Christ? Or even without we realized we already disgrace the holiness of the letter that written by Holy spirit? Today, let’s we look back to ourselve and ponder again how our spiritual life quality. Just be a realsistic. In this difficult era it is not so easy to remain become a trully letter of Christ. In everyday  lives we always face so many problems, challenges, and also the world temptations that could weaken our faith and make us fall into the sin. Therefore, it is very important to us to always guard our heart in order not to conflict with Christ personality.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverb 4:23 NIV)

This verse firmly and clearly describes that everything radiated form us is came from our heart. And what was written in our heart will surely determine what people will read through our attitude and deeds. By always guard our heart then we will reach a level that God wants that is become a perfect.

Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 NIV)

Let’s together guard our heart by always fill our heart with God’s word and do His commands because His words is a light as  a compass that direct us to the right path so we will not lost in the darkness.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105 NIV)

We should to always hear and learn about God’s word because it is a practical foundation to us as a Christians. If we remain seriously learn about God’s word  we will more fear to God for we will know and understanding more about His will.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

We also have to remains maintaining the intimacy of our relationship with God through prayer and  always living in His spirit so there is no gap at all for Satan to come in and ruin our lives.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:8a NIV)

My beloved readers, God’s Spirit does not leave meaningless rough streaks in our heart but He actually scraping His pen with beautiful writings that describes His mightiness and His wonderful love the world. We are not just  an ordinary letter. We are the open living letters  that in each pages represent God’s character who live in us. A beautiful and meaningful poem written by my sister Sue Nash will end this post. Let’s read and ponder together. Amen.

God’s Living Letters

Our hearts were cold, consumed with pride; 

Tablets of stone,no hope in sight.

Our lives were marred; death’s curse did chide,

Until our script, God did rewrite.

***

No changes wrought, with how we tried, 

By striving hard, His laws to keep. 

So God engraved His Word inside, 

That from our hearts, His truth would speak.

***

Lost souls then stained, with sin’s dark dross, 

In need of help, deliverance.

Christ’s blood poured out, upon the Cross;

Our wrongs were purged, in one instance. 

***

God’s light now shines, His love does flow,

When as we yield and let Him lead. 

God’s hope we bring, His truth we sow,

For all of those who choose to read.

***

Our lives like scrolls for all to see,

God’s very own, parchments complete. 

No more of self, we’ve been set free,

To follow Christ, bow at His feet.

***

Amazed, how love loosed sin’s tethers;

That hearts like ours, God freely chose

Now born anew, like living letters,

Our lives emit salvation’s prose.

By Sue Nash/2015

Special thank you to Sister Sue for her beautiful poem.

Karina – Living by faith

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57 thoughts on “A Living Letter of Christ

  1. Excellent exhortation! Acts one says that we simply shall BE witnesses. How simple is that? In our daily walk and conversations, our Master will shine forth. Our obligation is to adore Him, study Him, talk to Him…and He will arrive. I once heard a minister relate how he felt that a woman was following him in a shopping mal. He stopped, she stopped etc. Finally he asked her if he might offer some help. She said “I have observed that everywhere you go there is a Light that follows. I have been suffering much of late. Tell me what is that light? Why is it with you?”
    No time was lost in getting to the Gospel hope…Doug

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    • Dear brother in Christ, Doug..
      I have to say thank you for sharing a meaningful short story to me 🙂 I also love your statement at the end “No time was lost in getting to the Gospel hope” Thank you very much for reading and the such a lovely response on my post. Many blessings to you.

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  2. Karina, you always add, always shine, always are consistent. And always such a gift to read. As you talked of letters, I thought of “letters” : a,b,c,d,e,,,,, and that all of us – brothers and sisters near or far – all of us should all be letters as well. Each of us part of the same letter for all to read. The same story, the same letter no matter which of us are together or apart.
    As always you touch and connect. I read the same letter when I read your words. Thank you.

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    • Dear brother in Christ, Paul..
      Again, you amplify the meaning of my post. What a wonderful and lovely thought of you. Yes you are so right. We are the same letters and should be a good letters to read no matter where and who we are. We all are the living letters of Christ. Amen. Thank you very much for your great additional thought 🙂 blessings to you.

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  3. Dear Ma’am Karina..
    Actually you are a living letter of Christ. Your life totally show figure of Christ to many others. Your the light among the darkness. Beaitiful reminder to always guard our heart. Thank you for this awesome post. God bless.

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  4. Another excellent message, Karina! Everyday we have the choice to be a letter from Christ, to share His truth in word and deed. Or we can be like everyone else in the world, not making a difference for the kingdom of God. I’ve been asking the Lord to help me to be a light for the people I’m around everyday, and this post has encouraged me further 🙂 Thank you for sharing the truth! Have a wonderful day 🙂

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  5. Such a beautiful word my sister! I have been pondering this same thought lately and praying that I would be that message of light and love to the world. Your devotionals are always such a blessing, God has gifted you so much Karina. I pray all is well with you and that your little one is growing and happy and healthy. Love and blessings.

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    • Dear brother in Christian, Rob.
      Thank you very much for your kind comment. It become my reminder to me as well. About my father, I have learned so many things about life and my spiritual growth. Once again thank you for your lovely comment, brother Rob. Many blessings to you.

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    • Dear sister in Christ, Ellie
      Thank you very much for visiting, liking and also following my blog. It was such a great honor to me. I love your blog posts too and do believe could learn much from your posts. Many blessings to you.

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  7. Karina, I read this a few nights ago and got a phone call just as I finished it. It has been on my mind since I read it so I came back to read again, It is an excellent post and helped to remind me of who God wants me to be. God bless you dear sister, your words are a living letter to Christ.

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  8. I am amazed. This is a great post – beautiful, rich and inspiring. This post will brighten many minds and challenge us too to strive to walk our talk when it comes to Christianity. I think the world needs the light that is coming from you Karina. May you continue to shine!

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    • Hello dear,
      I just saw the Bible verse poster that you have mentioned. Beautiful 🙂 Thank you for sharing the link to me. Maybe one day I will use one of the poster for my post. Of course with your permission first.

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  9. Just beautiful, Karina! This post was both an encouragement and an exhortation. You truly have a gift with sharing God’s Word and its applications. I was very blessed by it–thank you!
    ~ Crystal

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  10. Dear Karina,
    Please accept my nomination for you as a Very Inspiring Blogger. You not only inspire me, but you touch the hearts of many–just see how many people you’ve reached in today’s post alone! What a blessing you are. Please stop by my post “Thank You” (February 26) at lljostes.wordpress.com for your nomination. Should you accept the award there are three recommended things for you to do–read them at the bottom of the page. May God continue to bless your message of God’s love and hope. In Christ, Laura

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    • Dear sister Laura
      First of all, I would like to thank you for your kindness to nominated me as very inspiring blogger. This was such a great honor to me. However, I going to let you know something about me and my blog, since I was as join in WordPress, I have decided to myself to not be participate in any kind of blog award. I have reason for this, every single word that I wrote on my post is not from me. God lead my heart and mind to write something could inspire those who read my posts and let God alone be glorified from each of my posts. So I hope and pray you will understand and not offended about my decision. Doesn’t mean I am not appreciate your kindness but this just about something that I have decided. Every comments and likes on my posts has become award and honor to me. Once again please do not offended, sis. May God alone bless your kindness and let Him be glorified. Amen. Thank you and blessings to you.
      Karina

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