Living Cover Letter

The only letter I need is you yourselves! By looking at the good change in your hearts, everyone can see that we have done a good work among you. They can see that you are a letter from Christ, written by us. It is not a letter written with pen and ink, but by the Spirit of the living God; not one craved on stone, but in human hearts, 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3 (TLB)

Alice H. Murray lives in Florida. She struggled to write a cover letter to accompany an article she was submitting to a magazine. The editor required the letter as a way of introducing herself. But, did listing facts such as her educational background, job experiences, and previous publications allow the editor to really know Alice? He would know her from reading her letter, but knowing about Alice is not the same as knowing "her". Only by spending time with Alice, listening to her words and observing her actions, would the editor really know who she is.

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, in Jesus' name, amen

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