Daily Devotional for Thursday May 22, 2008
Ambassadors of Jesus Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
One of the things that happens to us at the moment of salvation is that we immediately become Ambassadors of Jesus Christ. This is NOT a voluntary job, but is mandatory. More important, this is not a normal type of job where you work so many hours, and then are off. Being an ambassador of Christ is a 24/7/365 job!!! Let me say this again so you clearly understand the foundation of what I am saying to you today. Being an ambassador of Christ is a 24/7/365 job!!!
You NEVER stop being His representative. That means you represent Christ at school, at work, where you play, where you shop, when you are with your friends, everywhere, every minute of the day. That also means you represent Christ AT HOME with your parents, children, spouse, roommate, or whoever else you may live with.
The sole purpose of today's Devotional is to drive home the point that as a Christian, we are responsible for being Christ's representative every second of every day. I want you to sit down and think about that today. THAT is why we talk about not drinking, not engaging in ungodly behavior, because of this fact. You see, others are watching you whether you realize it or not.
THE LOUDEST WITNESS YOU WILL EVER HAVE TO THOSE AROUND YOU IS NOT THE WORDS YOU SPEAK BUT HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE!!!
I get so many emails each day from people with unsaved family members, co- workers, and friends, and are not sure what they should say. First of all, the Lord will give you opportunities to share how wonderful Christ has been in your life. But on a day-to-day basis, it is not what you say, but how you live that has the greatest impact on those unsaved people in your life. Live a Godly life before them and pray for them. Those are your most effective weapons in helping open their hearts to the truth of God's love for them.
THIS IS WHY I ADMONISH YOU OFTEN THAT AS AN AMBASSADOR OF CHRIST YOU ARE TO LIVE UP TO THE HIGH STANDARDS OF THE BIBLE, NOT DOWN TO THE LOW STANDARDS OF THIS WORLD!
I love you and care about you so much. This is actually a VERY heavy word I have given you today.
TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THIS SEVERAL TIMES TODAY!
As you read these words, it becomes very clear now that you have no excuse for behaving as the world behaves. You have no excuse for allowing yourself to be drawn into activities God is not pleased with. Why? Because you are HIS ambassador! That responsibility as I mentioned does not stop once you get home either.
As His ambassador, you represent Him to your family. Mom and dad, you represent Christ to your children. Young adults, I realize many of you have unsaved parents. You represent Christ to your mom and dad. Husbands, you represent Christ to your wives, and wives, you represent Christ to your husbands. Parents, you represent Christ to your children! Think about this as you deal with your loved ones on a daily basis.
I will pray for you today as you seek the Lord, that you never forget you are His representative, HIS AMBASSADOR, and serve Him in that capacity each and every day 24/7/365!!!