Sunday, March 14, 2010
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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. (NIV)

Since my dear mother passed away four years ago, one of the things I treasure is her old scrapbook, packed with memories of her life as a young girl. This keepsake, though written long ago in another time, in another place, and in another language, is just as real and alive to me today as it was to my mother some seventy years ago. Mementos which decorate the worn pages include the remains of flowers, locks of hair, Chiclets® boxes, candy wrappers, invitations, theatre tickets, etc. Such things tell a story of the life she once lived.

God's word in the Bible, like my mother's scrapbook, is a priceless gem handed down to us from our heavenly Father, written long ago in another time, in other places, and in other languages. Its value, however, far exceeds that of purely sentimental memories. Its author, its original inspiration, is still alive! And God's word is still very much alive and active today, having power to transform lives.

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

How much more precious is the word of God to all believers than a scrapbook! In today's Scripture verse from 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul affirms that God's word has the power to impart life, by the Spirit of the living God. If we personally choose to walk by faith with Him daily, we can experience the full measure of His awesome life-changing power, becoming an open "letter from Christ" for the world to see.

Prayer: Father, especially during this Lenten season, let Your Spirit breathe upon us and renew our hearts as we humbly seek to follow Your will. May our lives be a living testimony of Your precious grace and truth. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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