What Is Your Reputation?

Steven Laman

READ : 2 Corinthians 3:1-6

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we? You yourselves are our letter. (vv. 1-2a nrsv)

After volunteering exclusively for a year with fourth graders, my work load was cut thanks to a change in laws. With a desire to continue helping at school for just as many hours, I asked the new special education teacher if she could use me with her classes. Knowing of my reputation for working with special needs students, I got an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

Paul was irritated at the false teachers who carried forged letters of recommendation from the Jerusalem church, claiming they taught the truth. The famous apostle argued that he didn’t need to present any such letter. He insisted that the lives of those whose hearts and minds were changed by the message of Jesus Christ were all the endorsement required. His ministry had the reputation of bearing fruit in the form of transformed lives.

Meeting with the new teacher, I didn’t need to brag-she already knew that I could do the job. When Christ shines through us, our lives will be the only recommendation we need to minister to others.


Lord, may others see Jesus in me.