An Unexpected Letter From Jesus


Dear Bill,

I?m glad you?ve been reading the letter I wrote to you. ?I hope you?re seeing more and more what I?m like in the Bible and all I have done for you.

This week I?m sending you another letter to show you what I?m like. ?It?s a living, breathing letter.

It?s your co-worker Chuck.

He’s a letter from me to you.? Check him out. ?Observe him. ?See what he?s like when the boss isn’t around. See if he works hard. See if he?s faithful. Watch him when others are slandering someone or telling a dirty joke. ?See if he joins in. ?See how he responds to criticism. When you see what he?s like, you?ll know what I?m like.

I?ll send you more living, breathing letters. ?Study them. ?Test them out. See how they treat their families. See what they do when people wrong them. ?Watch how they treat those who are weak or slow to change. See how they treat those who tend to irritate other people. ?See what they do when they go through trials and hardship. ?See what they do and say then. ?See if they?re cheerful.

I’m not saying my living letters are flawless.? They have their quirks and faults.? But watch them over time. ?If you have a chance to observe them for years they’ll look more and more like me.? After you’ve read my letters, write me back. ?Tell me you believe in me and want me to rescue you and make you too a living letter of mine.

Watch for my letters….



You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. ?And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, 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 3:2-3)

“Men judge by what is visible, and so they think of God by his servants…. Men are apt to think of God by his worshipers, and by the people that profess themselves near and dear to him; therefore it concerns us to walk so that our lives may honour him.” — Thomas Manton

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  • Emily says:

    I’m so grateful for the letters God sent me nine years ago when I didn’t know His grace. He knew that as I saw it lived out month after month, as I tested those folks with everything I knew to be offensive to Christians and as I openly ridiculed them and called them fools… He knew they would respond as His love letter and oh how I am so grateful for that today. I pray others see me responding the same way with my life, how I handle trials and how I treat others. Those letters changed my life. I’d love for mine to change others as well.

  • Jess says:

    That's. SO. GOOD. Thanks for that. Needed it!

  • Thanks so much for this, Mark. You're a true shepherd of the flock of God when you provide helpful wisdom and biblical perspectives like this!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Wow what a great testimony Emily – I especially like how you included that you openly ridiculed them and called them fools, yet they responded in love. Fantastic. Faith-building. Thanks for adding your comments!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Thank you Jess! I'm preaching to myself….

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Thanks for your kind words Joshua!

  • Elaine Eshleman says:

    Brings back sweet memories of a Singles group in Charleston – men and women who loved the Lord, lived out that love passionately, cared for and served this rebel. One has gone on to be with the Lord so we all look forward to the day when all the saints will be with Christ. Our current church is alot like that Singles group – we are grateful that our children know that kind of care. We are overwhelmed by how God continues to care so lavishly for us.

    Thanks, Mark!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Thanks so much for your comments, Elaine! You are always so encouraging.

  • I like the quote from Thomas Manton. Thanks!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Sure Samuel!

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