“Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes. To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ-their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. I Corinthians 1:1-3 NIV
I receive reminder post cards from the veterinary office telling me that one of the dogs is due for certain vaccinations and testing. I also am reminded of veterinary appointments already scheduled and emails fill my computer addressed to Danni and owner, our puppy that died almost a year ago. This type of correspondence shows me that I am not known on a personal level even though the information may be welcomed.
Most of us have composed a letter starting with the words, To Whom It May Concern. I know I’ve sent out many cover letters for job applications with those words. I always feel as I type them that I am probably the only one that is really concerned. As we write emails and letters we always hope our audience will be interested in what we have to say. We want our correspondence to be appreciated and read. We hope our letters accomplish what we sent them to accomplish. To grab our readers attention, writers start out with a hook; something that they hope will hook their readers.
Paul starts his letter to the Corinthians telling who the letter is from and identifying himself with his audience. He says who he has become is because of God. He binds the audience to him because we are all one in Christ Jesus. He has called us and makes us into his image. We are related to each other in the family of God. There is a connection.
When God sent his word he sent an angel to a young virgin and told her not to be afraid. She would carry and give birth to the redeemer of the world. God spoke from a burning bush to call Moses into leadership of the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land. Both methods got the expected attention of the hearer.
There are 66 books of the Bible. These books and letters are written to Whom It May Concern. No matter where you are in life, the word of God does concern you. It is packed full of attention grabbing hooks to keep you reading. Whether it is a flood with every animal coming two by two or angels bearing messages to be fulfilled; it is directed at you, God’s audience.
John 3:16 states that God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God reached out to you first when he sent Jesus, his word, to die in your place that if you believe you will live forever. It is an attention grabbing hook that tells you that the To Whom It May Concern is you and God is concerned. He loves you.
Is he calling you today? Have you read his letters? Do they grab your attention and do you identify with them as one of his own?
Don’t hit delete before reading God’s letter to you. There is a message personalized with your name!