“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 1 Corinthians [5:20]
Representing someone, especially in an official capacity, can be pretty daunting.
I worked in the legal profession for several years and routinely represented the interests of many clients. Sometimes the requests were straightforward, other times not so much. What I learned through each of those representations was that the more I knew the client, the more familiar I was with their interests. The more I spent time with them to hear their concerns, the better positioned and equipped I was to represent them faithfully and accurately.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to represent Him to the world. We are His ambassadors. God making his appeal through us. Take a moment and consider the implications of those words! Israel was set apart by God to be His representation to the world. While we do not live under the Mosaic covenant today, we still are called to be set apart for God.
We need not shrink back out of some misplaced fear of inadequacy. It is Christ who lives in us (Gal. [2:20]). God has made a home with us (John [14:23]). His presence with us equips us to be His ambassadors. Our calling to be reconciled sons and daughters of God is the confirmation to be ministers for Him!
Father, my flesh can lead me to live in a way that doesn’t represent You well. Yet, I desire to live for You and to make You known. Help me Father to not strive in my flesh but surrender to the Spirit who is at work within me. Amen.
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