2Co 3:1-3 ESV
(1) Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?
(2) You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.
(3) 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.
So many Churches today before accepting another ministry into their building want to know whose covering they are under and who recommends them. While this is good to do the research to know about others, the biggest part of it remains on the fruit produced or the track record. You can discern the fruit on the tree and see whether or not it is of God. We need to be Spirit led with our decisions not letter led to know the proof of a ministry.
Apostle Paul made it very clear in his writing to the Corinthian Church that the proof of his apostle work was in the fruit of his labor among them and he did not need any other recommendations to justify his calling of being an apostle father to them. Paul knew his region of authority that was given to him by Christ and it definitely included the Corinthian Church.
It's simple…. the fruit produced bears witness of whether or not it is of the Holy Spirit's work.
You are loved greatly in Jesus! Keep pressing onward! Forget the things that lay behind you and move ahead!
In Jesus perfect love and peace,
Pastor's & Psalmist Gary and Rhonda Petzoldt