The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 2 Corinthians 3:2 NLT.
If you had the pleasure of growing up in a small community, people will know your connection even if they don’t know you personally. Your features many times will tell others of your family connection. Connections could be an asset or a liability. If you are connected to a family with wealth and influence, then you will have advantages that are not available to most. If, on the other hand, you are connected to someone with a blemished reputation, the community might have little or no expectation from you.
So Paul wants these church members to know, that their lifestyle is more valuable than any connection they have. Letters of recommendation were given to individuals, to validate their work and ministry. Paul told this group, that their lives were letters of recommendation. When people took a close look at them, their connection to Jesus Christ and the apostles were evident. They were changed people living a changed life. So the community was able to see the evidence of change, that comes through having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
This was more important than a letter of recommendation on a paper. The world is looking at people of faith to see how they measure up. While many don’t enjoy living in a fishbowl, the world is looking. The NKJV, says it this way, “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;” Your life is an open book telling the world who you are and who you are connected too. Only you can determine the kind of epistle you are writing and what the world is reading when they look at you. Write the epistle of your life in such a way that you will be able to say like the Apostle Paul, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:14.
Thought for Today: Friend, run to win.
Have a blessed say and walk in faith and victory.