You are a Letter from Christ to the World…
I’m pretty sure God is leading me to pray about my son’s relationship with and witness for Jesus.
Today, I was poking around on the internet trying to get information on how to determine what God’s purpose is for my (or anyone’s) life, when I stumbled on this beautiful verse:
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 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.
Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:2-6
I dearly love metaphor…probably the English teacher in me…but I find it so poignantly beautiful when the perfect metaphor is used – as it is here. We are letters from Jesus to the world – not letters written on paper, or words typed in blogs – but letters written on the tablets of human hearts. Wow.
I want, more than anything else, for my son to be connected to the Lord in a profound way. I want him to gain all of his strength, goodness, wisdom, and joy from the Lord. I don’t want him to mar any of it with things from this world.
Many times, I realize I am pushing the American dream on my son far more than the will of Jesus. I make school so, so, so very important. I push my son to do things he may not enjoy because it will help his chances in college. Is this where my focus should lie? Why do I not put the same emphasis on him spending time reading his Bible and praying? Why do I not push him, instead, to go out and serve his neighbor?
And even then, I want to be careful of why I am doing those things. Is it to make everyone see what a wonderful Christian son I have? Or, am I truly concerned that my son is searching and pleasing the heart of Christ?
Here, it is told to us so simply, and so beautifully. We, in all our mess, are Christ’s love letter to a lost world. We are it. And we must be doing a kind of crappy job of it, because the world tends to see our hate long before they see our love. And no, I don’t mean to act like sin is OK….not at all. But, Jesus only tells us to call out the sins of other believers (which we never seem to do). Other than that, we are to love and serve our fellow man. Ugh. I’m failing. And I am the example for my son.
So, Lord, this one is kind of like the others, but with more fervor, I guess. Lord, I want my son to realize that he is representing Your Son. God, please guide my son, and help him see past all of my flaws. Lord, create in him such a longing for you. And then, Lord, fill him with a love for others. Let him be the epitome of a man – your plan for a man. Strong, true, trustworthy – standing tall, but always able to bend down and help someone up. That’s what I pray for my son, Lord. That. If nothing else, that.
Lord, You say right there in Your Word that You have made us competent ministers for You. I pray that you do that for my son. Please Lord, give him such an unshakable confidence in You. I see him now, Lord – sometimes so self conscious. So easily embarrassed. Please give him that quiet strength that can only come from You, and let him always know and remember that You are the source of his strength.
Lord, this could be my prayer for him everyday…for all 30 days…and it would pretty much cover him. Give him a bold strength in You, let him forever and always praise You for what You give him, and let him be an example of the love of Jesus to the world. Yep, Lord, that is what I pray, whole heartedly, for my boy. And I may just keep coming back to it. If he has this, then, in my eyes, and most importantly in Your eyes, he will be a success.
Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of Your Word, and for the gift You gave us in Jesus. Thank You for taking care of my son – for listening to my prayers for him. You know he is my heart.
In Jesus’ name I ask these things. Amen.