Daily Devotional for Sunday July 27, 2003
Ambassadors of Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
Ambassadors of Christ. 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 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.
***Just in case you might have missed that last sentence, let me repeat it for you! 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 living together, not engaging in unGodly behavior, because of the fact we are CHRIST'S REPRESENTATIVES! 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 THAT 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 heart to the truth of God's love for them.
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! 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! We are to help people live UP to God's standards, not down to the world's standards.
As I mentioned, that responsibility 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. 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! Serve Him in that capacity each and every day!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller