This week’s Monday School comes from verses I first read and thought about years ago and ones I talked about at a women’s event. I’m thinking about these verses found in 2 Corinthians again.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NIV
The Message puts it like this: “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives….”
My life is a letter. Yours is too. Not the kind written with pen and ink on tablets, but written with the Spirit of God upon our hearts.
So what do our lives say?
Do our lives say we love God or that we’re busy for God? Are we checking off the “good Christian” boxes or are we allowing Him to change us from the inside? Do we perform or proclaim?
Do we love others? Those that are different than we are? Those we don’t understand?
Do we value relationships over routine? Are we distracted when we’re with others? Or are we engaged with the people around us? Are we easily offended?
Does my life say I’m grateful for God’s grace? Or does it say I think I deserve God’s grace because I do good deeds.
Does my life make those around me want to know God? Want to trust Him and love Him?
Hard questions. And honestly, ones I can’t always answer the way I want to.
God means for our lives to be a love letter, and He knows we’ll have good days and bad days. When asking ourselves what our lives say we shouldn’t look at a snapshot view. We can’t answer by looking at a day or a moment in time.
Instead let’s look at the whole of our lives……the complete view. The busy seasons, the slower ones and the growing ones. The hard and painful seasons and the sweetest ones.
“……you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10b NLT
Are we growing? Are we more patient? Less selfish?
Are we sensitive enough to know when our lives aren’t saying what they should say?
Are we quick to admit our mistakes, apologize and ask forgiveness?
Do our failures make us more gracious toward others? Do we forgive easily?
Are we surrendering more and more to God’s way of doing things?
Yes, let’s ask what our lives say now. But let’s ask what our lives will say tomorrow, next year, in fifteen years, and beyond.
What does your life say?