” So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” –2 Corinthians 5:16-21
The other day I had just gotten home from work (I work at a juice bar called Bee Well; come check it out!) and I was about to run an errand. I was in a cranky mood, so I made sure to change out of my work uniform before I left the house. If I was rude to someone, I didn’t want it to reflect badly on Bee Well.
A few days ago, I was at the bank after work in my Bee Well t-shirt. I was impatient and eager to get home, but before I could be rude I remembered that I was still wearing my work uniform! If I was mean to the employees at the bank, they would think badly of Bee Well. So I smiled and tried to be friendly despite my feelings.
I was telling this to my coworker the other day, and he had stories similar to mine! Then we both stopped and paused for a minute.
We’re in Christ. We’re Christians. Shouldn’t we always be acting our best, because of Who we represent?
It threw me for a loop. I was so caught up in representing my company well that I completely forgot to represent my Father well. I forgot that I was a representative of the One who gave his life for me.
I can never take off the uniform of Christ my Savior. I am in him and therefore representing him always.
How am I going to act today?
This post isn’t meant to throw us into a crazy frenzy of trying to please everyone and be happy 100% of the time. That isn’t real, and our Father wants us to be real. But we can take Jesus’s invitation in Matthew 11 to:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So today, will you join me in letting go of ourselves, running to God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16–“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”), and allowing Jesus to share his message of reconciliation and redemption through his fruit in our lives?
As his love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:22) flow through us, it will draw us closer to him and draw those around us closer to his truth.
Happy Wednesday, my fellow Ambassadors! Let’s represent our King well today by his grace and strength. 🙂