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.
The Holy Spirit is active in His ministry. Paul said that the ‘Spirit gives life’ (3:6). He is giving life to us. Although we are housed in bodies of flesh that are wasting away – the Spirit renews us in the inner person. We are reflecting the Lord’s glory, being transformed into His likeness. This transformation is done by God’s Spirit. The resulting work, the lives that are being produced, ones that reflect Jesus – these are this letter of the Spirit written on our hearts. It’s an open letter – written for all the world to read. It’s a letter of life for the Spirit gives life.
This is the ministry that God invites me to participate in. I can join the Spirit in this life-giving ministry first in my own life; in my own heart. And, amazingly, I am invited to join Him in the lives of others. As Christ lives in me in increasing ways, I can bless and bring life to others. More than being able to, I believe God wants me to! Paul wrote about the ministry of reconciliation. Those who have been reconciled with God are given this ministry! “5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6He 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.” (3:5-6). I am a conduit of this life. I receive it, then I give it to others. The result will be the Spirit’s work in the lives of those around me.
Holy Spirit – Thank You for being alive and active in this world and in my life. I know You want to do Your work in the lives of those around me through me, and I hope that You will today. Prompt me on how and when to do this ministry and to whom – so that You can receive great glory and that people might reflect Jesus more and more. Thank You for refining me through this… for chipping away from my life the things that are not like You. I yield to You today… Thank You for this morning and for this relationship with You.