“You’ve Got Mail” is one of my favorite movies. It’s about two people who develop a beautiful relationship via email. Each time a new message appears, it causes excitement and anticipation for the next one.
We all like to get mail. Real mail. Not junk mail. Mail can come in many forms. There’s old fashioned “snail mail” via the post office. There are telegrams, faxes, instagram, facebook messages, and personal delivery. If you received a letter in the mail today, wouldn’t you be excited to open and read it? It doesn’t happen often anymore.
Maybe we should consider the Bible God’s letter to us. He sent it through prophets, shepherds, historians, apostles, and first century theologians. They transcribed God’s message for all mankind and it’s been preserved and passed on through centuries. One of the most remarkable things about the Word of God is that it applies to all people of all cultures in all time periods.
If people believed and followed what was written in God’s message, wouldn’t our world look different? If they knew that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16), wouldn’t that love change them?
There have been many love letters and love poems written over the years, but none are as powerful as God’s expression of love to us. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJ). Paul prayed, in his letter to the Ephesians, “I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, may be able to grasp (with all Christians) how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ—and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond our comprehension” (Ephesians 3:17-10, J. B. Phillips).
In one of my favorite promises, God says through Paul: “I have become absolutely convinced that neither death nor life, neither messenger of Heaven nor monarch of earth, neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow, neither a power from on high nor a power from below, nor anything else in God’s whole world has any power to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 8:38-39, J. B. Phillips).
So . . . “You’ve got mail.” Have you opened it? Have you read it? Have you treasured it in your heart?