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April 9, 2009

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A Letter of Recommendation from God

by Dave Malnes

You are looking for a job and you need an outstanding letter of recommendation to give you an edge over the other applicants. Waiting for the letter, what type of words and phrases would you like see in that letter? Punctual. Hard-working. Disciplined. Takes directions well. These would all be fine traits to have, however what would really make you stand out is the person who is writing the letter for you.

What if the person is well-known and highly respected in the community? What if perhaps the person was a well-known celebrity across the nation? That certainly would give extra notice to the person reading the letter of recommendation. If you were the person doing the hiring, that would certainly grab your attention. So, not only would you be looking for the right words in a letter of recommendation, but you would also give careful thought to who would write the letter.

What if you asked God to write you a letter of recommendation? What would He write?

Great singer in church, but gossips too much.

Really tries hard, but lacks discipline.

Knows the rules, but is challenged to obey consistently.

Would any of these sound familiar? Would they be correct?

According to God’s Word, we find sample phrases of what would be contained in your letter. Words and phrases like “perfect,” “forgiven completely,” “justified, ” “redeemed,” “a child of God.”

These words and phrases are much different than the words and phrases you were looking before in a letter of recommendation. This would also be different even if you received a letter from the president of the United States.

The question is, “Which letter would you rather have?” Would you rather have a letter of recommendation from the president of the United States or from God?

Ofcourse, you would say God. However, what occupies our mind the most? The opinions of others or what God thinks of you? This is especially true when we think about ourselves. How does our view of our own competence compare to what God thinks of us?

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 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 3:2-3)

What are we?  A letter from Christ.

Written by what? Not by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God.

Written on what? Not tablets of stone, but on human hearts.

When Paul was writing this letter to the Corinthian church, he was addressing Christians who in their past, had lived very sinful lifestyles in a very sinful culture. They are now living examples of what it is to live a transformed life in Christ. Not a life that is based on effort, but a life that has been etched on hearts by the hand of God.

“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”(2 Corinthians 6:11)

A Christian, by faith in Christ, receives the following:

You were washed. What does that mean? Through the water of baptism, you become a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.

You were sanctified. What does that mean? You have been separated, set apart, made holy. You are different from the rest of the world by being in Christ.

You were justified. What does that mean? You were made right, you were set freed, you have been declared not guilty and perfectly righteous in God’s eyes.

Here are a couple of points to remember.

1.         You are carrying around with you a letter of recommendation from God. What does that letter say about you?

2.         Not only does that letter say that you are perfect and righteous by faith in Christ, but you are a letter. A Christ-letter. Not only has God written that letter of recommendation – but we are that walking, living, breathing letter by the example of our lives. You are a walking example that Jesus Christ lives– a letter that is written by the Spirit of God.

Not by ink. Why? It eventually dissolves away.

Not on tablets of stone? Why? Those were the ten commandments of the law that can only mean death. But, with the Spirit of the Living God written on the tablets of human hearts.

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  1. Apr 9 2009

    I agree with your thoughts. May I share a piece I wrote with you and your audience? Here’s an excerpt:

    Giving Up Much to Gain More for Lent
    The sacrifice of love for you and ‘ole me,
    Causes me to fast and now focus upward
    With a new routine and more appreciation.

    I give up life’s suspicion
    And look for truthful reality,
    Fighting is not in my world
    I now see resistance as a cure.

    I fast on gripping darkness
    Looking for some sunshine
    I fast from slow anger and rot
    And desire a patience crop.

    I toss worry and mortal concern
    For God is Sovereign, Almighty,
    My Providence; a Unifying Force
    A healer, not an Earth Polluter.

    These vows I hope to continue
    Past the Lenten short season
    Let’s choose life over hate,
    No gossip, equipped with a goal.

    I embrace a new daily service project
    Knowing I will have a fruitful season,
    Lent will not be in words, but in deed
    Helping those who are less fortunate
    Know they are welcome; God is present.

    I am a second year Divinity Student at Mercer McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta.

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