There I was, cruising north on Interstate 83 in Pennsylvania, minding my own business, when all of a sudden a red truck appeared from out of nowhere and practically blew my doors off as he went by well over the posted speed limit. Just another day on America’s highways. What surprised me more than anything, was the fact that the contractor’s van had a company name emblazoned on the side and rear door panels in bright yellow text. Here this guy was, demonstrating that he was perfectly willing to disregard the speed limit if it didn’t suit him, while representing a company.
My first thought was, if he was so willing to disregard the speed limit to that extent, would he also disregard building codes that he didn’t like, or building material specifications that he considered to be inconvenient? All of a sudden, his reckless blatant disregard for the speed limit was saying something to me about the kind of contractor (or contractor’s employee) he might be.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV)
Jesus calls us to represent him in this world. We are his ambassadors, called to take the message of salvation and peace with God to all people. We represent him in what we say, and through our actions and attitudes. And it is not just Christ we represent through our words, actions, and attitudes; we also represent his Church and Christianity as a whole. In a way, we are like contractor’s employees driving down the highway with the boss’s name on the door of our vehicle. Everything we do behind the wheel and the way we work says something to the watching world about the boss we serve.
What people see and think of us will inevitably be what they think about the Lord and his Church. So be on your guard, ambassador, for the world will think about Jesus exactly what you show them he is like. –Amen!
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV)
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