You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry…(2 Cor 3:3).
Writing a letter takes time. You have to sit down, slow your mind and take the time to pen out the words. I’ll be honest. I don’t like writing letters. Mostly because I don’t like taking the time to do it. If I can do something faster by typing, I’ll take the quicker route just about every time. You see, my mind often races towards the next thing instead of staying present in the moment before me.
But, if we want to make disciples and truly invest in the lives of people we must be willing to slow down. We have to quiet our hearts and busy minds. We must commit to taking the time to doing what our control and selfishness tells us not to do.
Paul says that the Corinthians are his letter from Christ, the results of their ministry. Paul was someone who took time to invest in others. He built churches by building leaders. He stayed in places not just for a moment, but for a number of years until things were established and we know along the way, he faced much trouble and hardship. But because he persevered and kept pouring his life into the people of that community, a letter was written to the world about the love of God.
I want my investment in people to be a letter that is written to the world about the wonderful love of Jesus. Let it be so.
Jesus, help me to slow down and invest in others. Forgive me when I make life about the things I produce and not the people in my path. Help me to love, honor and serve others, not for my sake, but for your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.