Tuesday, February 24, 2015

We Are a Letter from Christ to the World


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“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).

As a Christian writer, I find it is easy to sit comfortably behind my desk in my safe surrounds and allow God’s words of love, forgiveness, grace and mercy to pour onto the page, knowing I’m reaching people for Him. As it says in Isaiah, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

But doesn’t the Bible also clearly state in James, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them,  ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”

What does that mean to me? What does that mean for us? It means that while the Lord has called us to a certain task using the gifts He’s given us, He’s also called us to go and love others in action.

There will be times when we step out in faith and give to those poorly clothed, those lacking in daily food, and lift those hurting in prayer because we understand what the Lord has done for us. We’ll provide the same unconditional love the Lord has shown in our lives when we were destitute and needy. But what happens when the poor aren’t responsive to your help?

I’ve recently faced situations like this. How do we share the unconditional love of Christ with a man
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who’d rather live in the woods and give his every last cent to his addiction? Or a woman who would rather shiver on the streets in prostitution and endure abuse?

More than once my emotions have spilled over when people wouldn’t accept my help. One particular day, I asked the Lord, “Why can’t they accept my help? Why do they turn away from Your mercy? Are they not listening? Should I give up? Isn’t this what you called me to do?”

Then an example from Jesus’ own life came to mind. Scripture records He left Nazareth because “He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.”

I rose and wiped my tears when another image ran through my thoughts. A picture of a man. He was beaten and bruised, skin torn, almost unrecognizable. He wore a crown of thorns, carrying His cross down the Via Dolorosa willingly to suffer and die for my transgressions. Not only mine—everyone I meet.

Jesus was 33 years old when He cried out, “It is finished.” Was there still more work to do in telling people about the Father? More mouths to feed? More people to help?

Of course!

However, Jesus had done everything His Father asked, and not everyone believed or turned from their life styles. So how much more should I obey the Father in helping the needy, the poor, or the lost? I should never give up, but press on in perseverance to what God has called me to do, whether I’m writing a novel or face to face with someone who needs help—no  matter the circumstances or the rejection I might face.

There will always be challenges when we share our faith whether in word or in deed, but we need to be as obedient as Christ when He took up His cross. Because who will see the cross we bear for Christ if we stay in our living rooms and keep to ourselves?

Paul said, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

What task has God given you? What cross are you carrying for Christ? Because no matter what you do or where you go, you are a living testimony of God’s unconditional love, written on your heart for all to see. How you share that love is up to you.


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~ Tanya Eavenson enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and writes for Christ to the World Ministries. Her books are available on Amazon and other retailers. You can find her at http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/

5 comments:

  1. How beautiful. What a lovely picture of blessing and responsibility. Thank you for a great start to my day

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    1. Robin, thank you so much for your uplifting words! What a blessing to my day. I'm so thankful we can encourage each other to be all that God has called us to be. Thank you for visiting!

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  2. This is such a great post, Tanya. We love because He first loved us, and may we always strive to love Him *as* He loved us, for while we were yet still sinners, Christ died for us. Great reminder of grace!

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  3. Thank you, Jennifer. God is so good! I was reading 1 John Chapter 4 this morning and it always touches the deepest parts of my heart how much He loves.

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  4. Wonderful reminder, Tanya. Thank you!

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