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Represent Jesus!

2 Corinthians 5:20

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever represented someone or someplace? I’ve worked for several companies over the years – including the church – and have always tried to put them in a good light (I haven’t always succeeded). I remember telling my daughters to be on their best behavior when they were out – because they represented themselves – their family – and their parents.

When you work for some companies – you are vetted. They try to make sure – as sure as they can be – that you will represent them well. Have you ever been vetted? As a pastor – I have been a reference for a number of people over the years.

According to the Scripture today – we are called to be Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is a representative of someone. The US ambassadors around the world are supposed to represent the President – and the US country even. We are Christ’s representatives and we also represent Christianity. You’re right – that is a large group to represent. But when people of the world look at someone who calls themselves a Christian – they might – rightly or wrongly – judge the rest of us by what they see in me or you.

That is one of the reasons I preach so much about the heart and the actions that come from our heart. We represent Christ to a world that needs Him but doesn’t know Him yet. We may be the only Bible some people will ever read. Our actions – our motives – our heart – our attitude – is to reflect – represent – Jesus!

Our lives should not only reflect and represent Jesus – they should call others to be reconciled to God! Walk the walk as well as we talk to the talk!  Represent Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 19, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , ,

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