Title: Represent Me Wells
Date: October 26, 2021
Our greatest privilege as believers on this side of heaven is our calling to represent Christ. Reading these compelling words by Paul in the second book of Corinthians this morning, it struck me even more so the significance and value of our walk on this earth. If anyone should feel a lack of unworthiness in his or her life, the ultimate cure is to become born again and become a child of God. There are so many who need to know the Love of Christ; the life, joy and purpose it brings. And we have been trusted by our Heavenly Father to deliver that message! However, is our delivery worthy of that trust?
2 Corinthians 3:1–3
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Note that we are a LETTER from Christ! We all understand we represent our heavenly Father; however, does not this choice of words seem more personal, more intimate? It’s as if God’s own handwriting is imprinted upon our hearts! I am such a visual person. As I picture this sweet thought, I imagine our loving Father in all His glory as He gazes at each and every child of His with a look of righteous pride. I picture Him stooping down and carefully taking His hand and writing His words, His attributes, His power upon our hearts and souls. Words of love, hope, courage, peace, patience, grace and forgiveness! I picture our eyes meeting and His immense love and gladness displayed on His face as He entrusts us with such privilege and says, “I promise I will be with you wherever you go.” Then He proudly sends us on our way with joy and anticipation with what we will do with our letter… His amazing message!
God’s way in our lives is to be as clear and evident as a letter being read. As I thought upon this today, I asked myself if my letter was worthy of His love. Am I representing Him well? Not just in some areas, and not just in certain environments. How about in worrisome and challenging times? If we view our existence as an open letter for all to read, it might help us realize where we need to erase, correct or change our attitudes and habits. After all, God wants the essence of His spirit to reach an unbelieving and hopeless world. And that lies upon us, His sons and daughters! What an honor!
The Lord God tells us we are His ambassadors. In Paul’s day, ambassadors were specifically appointed by a monarch to represent him to foreign nations. An ambassador was tasked with honoring the king with his words and actions and promoting the king’s interests in all he did. Similarly, as believers this is what we are called to do when we represent our King! It has been said that as ambassadors of Christ we are to be as shrewd as snakes yet innocent as doves, imploring men and women everywhere to be reconciled to God. In other words, we campaign for Christ, just as a royal ambassador does! I like that!
So, what is my message that is being amplified to the world? Am I emanating fear in these uncertain times? Am I allowing my annoyances to be openly heard and seen, rather than boasting on God’s faithfulness and provision? Do I allow my frustrations to get in the way of professing God’s peace and comfort over my day? Do I allow the times we live in to dictate my emotions, or am I handing them over to God with full trust in His plan? Is it about what I have done or what I will do? I pray not, or the message of Christ that was written on my heart will not stand. His letter will sadly become obscured and completely misrepresented if I do not keep all these things in check. It’s important to self-evaluate, for it can make a significant difference to those I know and those I encounter. That self-reflection can make a difference for those around you as well.
Lord I pray your love letter to the world (the Bible) can come to life in my everyday living. Please forgive me for not always properly representing you, but my deepest desire is that when my days on this earth are through, your signature will be found on my heart. And all my days will be stamped, sealed and delivered, my message sent well as I finally fall into your loving arms.
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes, who seek him with their whole heart, who also does no wrong, but walk in his ways. You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently, oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your decrees.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty blessed is the one who trusts you.
Did you realize that God has also placed another responsibility on our lives? He has called us to discern the times in which we live. To represent God is to study our culture in line with His word, in order to apply His truths correctly. If there was ever a time that the words and prophesies of the Bible appear to be happening, it would be now! Winning others to Christ may be difficult in our own strength, however applying God’s word to what is happening today can cause others to come to Christ once they are presented with the convincing truths of the Word.
I will leave you with one of the bible’s most compelling prophecies. It is a good place to start when sharing with someone that God’s word is Truth. It can open the door of curiosity, causing someone to want to investigate more. It is a prophecy that was written 500 years before it was fulfilled. Not only was the crucifixion of Christ a biblical event, but also a documented historical one. No one can deny it happened. The prophet Isaiah whom God chose to declare ahead of time the specific details of the death of Jesus astounds us with his words.
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we consider him stricken by God, stricken by him and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken. He was assigned to a grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence nor was any deceit in His mouth.
I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.
Because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
God’s message to the world is simple–I love you so much I sent my only begotten son to die so that you shall live! Now go share and represent me well!
Delighting in safe pasture,