Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 25th, 2016
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 3:3 (NIV)
The Tablet of the Human Heart
The work of God can be seen in the life of a Christian. He puts His Spirit in the heart of every believer and writes His law upon our hearts, compelling us to obey. What evidence do you display that His Spirit is within you? How are you growing in obedience to His commands? How have your desires for God grown?
Archaeologist Bob Muir and his students at Simon Fraser University investigated a dung hill discovered by members of the K’ómoks First Nation when they dug a roasting pit for a barbecue held last year in the Comox Valley. The students uncovered shells; the well-preserved bones of deer, elk, and dogs; bone needles used for fishing; harpoon points; herring rakes; and some 80 flat pieces of stone engraved on one side. According to a report in the Comox Valley Record, the images are sometimes described as representing trees, feathers, or symbols of fertility. Similar engraved stones, known as tablets, have been found at only two other sites in the Comox Valley. Muir estimates that the tablets are about 2,000 years old. He will document and study the artifacts before they are returned to the K’ómoks First Nation.
Paul the apostle wrote a number of letters to the churches in his day, giving instructions on Christian living and laying the foundation for Christian theology. Since then countless books have been written to expand on what Paul has written, in a way that reaches each generation. Paul believed in the power of the written word to transform lives. So he writes in 2 Corinthians 3:3: “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.” Paul is speaking to the believers in Corinth, a church he had planted on his second missionary journey. He was writing to people he knew and loved – many of which he had shared the Gospel with and in whom he had witnessed the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Paul saw in them the wonderful outcome of his ministry – hearts that had been changed by Jesus Christ. The written words that still teach us today are such a blessing. They are God breathed and useful to teaching, teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. But written on the hearts of the Corinthian believers are things like grace and forgiveness, peace and joy, the marks of a life transformed by Jesus Christ. These are the words written on your heart if you trusted Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.