Thursday, January 9, 2014

Love Letter From God

                My favorite quote of all time is by Mother Teresa. The first time I read it, the Lord spoke to my heart and confirmed that it was for me. Growing up Catholic, Mother Teresa was an exalted saint. Even in Catholic school when we had to find out who our patron saint was, everyone wanted Mother Teresa. (However, I was given St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals) When I became a Christian, I turned away from the Catholic faith. I had actually turned away long before that, but the Lord never turned away from me. So, when He led me to this quote by Mother Teresa, it was like He was confirming in me the purpose of my life.

                So, what is the quote? “I am but a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” For some reason, while I was praying this morning, that quote came into my mind. It encouraged me, as it always does, to keep writing, to keep on the path the Lord has for me. But I realized something today as I pondered on it, that there was so much more than I was initially seeing.
                We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God. We are all being used by God to send His love letter to the world. John 3:16 is a testimony to the love and grace of our God who wants all mankind to see and believe in this same love. The whole Bible is a love letter, written by God to the world. We are just the vessels He uses to bring that love letter to the masses. I am not only being used to write by God, but I am also being used to share His love with the world through the writing He is doing in my life.  We are an epistle, being written for the world to read. I once had a pastor say that we may be the only Bible people ever read. How true that statement is.
                “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is the heart.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
                We are a story being written by God for the world. But what story is He writing? He is writing a story of love, of redemption, of grace. So many times I hear women (and men) say that they are not being used by God. They do not see God working in their lives. But we need to see and realize that every day God is writing His story in our hearts, and that we are His pencils dictating this love to the world. You do not have to be a writer or an author to be a pencil, for we all are pencils.
  You are an epistle, a testimony of the love and grace of God being broadcasted to the world around you. Whether or not you believe it, someone is watching you, someone is reading you. We do not know how we affect the world around us, but God does. There is nothing on this earth that God does not use. He can even use our bad to bring about good in the lives of others. The life that you are living is a love letter, a love letter being composed by your God who wants all to know of His great love for them.
                The Apostles wrote epistles, but their very lives were epistles as well. Paul tells the Corinthians that they are a testimony not only to what Paul and the other Apostles are teaching, but a testimony in and of themselves. We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  Epistle is the Greek word for letter. The epistles that were written by the Apostles were letters written to certain churches. The gospels written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were also letters, written so that the world would know the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
                It does not matter if you are in some great ministry, or if you are helping the poor. The only thing that matters is that we allow God to do the writing. The only thing that matters is that we allow God to use us as His pencils to spread the glorious good news of His love which He shed abroad for all mankind. There is no person on earth that the Lord does not want to see saved, for He desires that all men come to the knowledge of His love through Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He is using you, a little pencil, to write that love to the world around you.
                You may not think your life for Christ is actually doing anything. But take heart; be of good cheer, because the very life that you are living is a letter being written by God to the world. We are all little pencils in the hand of a writing God, and it is through His work in us that the world will see that love. You are being read, you are being watched. You may be the only Bible someone ever reads- so be that letter, be that love letter and let others know of the goodness, the grace, the mercy and the hope that they have in Jesus Christ.

                Be the letter of love that God has written you to be, and thank Him for His wonderful grace each and every day. No matter where you are living, no matter what it your life entails, know and take comfort that God is using you to write of His love to the world around you. You may never be famous, you may never be known, but God knows you, and He loves you- let Him write of that love for all to see. May the Lord Jesus Christ be the Author of our lives, and may we be the willing pencils in His hands as He writes His love letter to the world. To Him be the glory, forever and ever, Amen.