Letters carry all kinds of messages. There are friendly letters, thank you letters, letters of congratulations, letters of sympathy, love letters and we even have “Dear John” letters. And while there are many kinds of letters that can be written, Paul gives believers the high honor to be a certain kind of letter – a letter of encouragement and enlightenment – a living letter of Jesus Christ, bearing a message of good news and great joy to a distracted, depressed, debase, dark and dying world.
Starting way back with the Pony Express, with everything possible, the United States Post Office sees to it that every last piece of mail is delivered. Rain does not stop the postman. Snow and ice does not stop him. Storm, floods and blizzards may slow him down, but the mail will eventually be delivered. You and I should always be determined in our hearts to deliver the message of hope in Christ Jesus.
As you visualize being a living letter of Jesus, the ink that is used is not the common black or blue ink that eventually dries up or runs out, but in our case, this ink that's written on our hearts is the precious red blood of our Savior that never runs out so that we are always able to remind the world of their need to become blood-bought, forgiven, Spirit-filled children of God.
This past week Pastor Jeremy and I have tried our best to be living letters of God for the beautiful people of Haiti to see our loving Jesus! From the dusty, dirty streets of Port au Prince, to the muddy, musty streets of Mole St. Nicholas, and the rocky, bumpy roads in-between, we have shared Jesus to many along our journey. And even though there was a language barrier in some instances, that did not stop young and old from knowing what’s written on our lives – "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life!”
And I know that you also have been a living letter of God for everyone to read this week too! And this pastor is very thankful and proud when I think of your commitment to living open lives of love to the hurting and wounded, the lost and confused people around you.
This Sunday we will be sharing about our journey of hope with you! And I think you will be blessed to see Christ at work in Haiti! And we also have very exciting news about the $1000 offering you gave for the work of God. God is on the move! Don’t miss this Sunday!
Lastly, thank you for your many prayers while on this trip! They were heard by God and He used them to bless us, bring breakthroughs, and to touch lives! Thank you also to Pastor Glenn for preaching the message on Sunday, and to Deacon Rich for teaching Sunday’s Bible study!
Pressing On Together,