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Monday, November 23, 2015

AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST

“…whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”  Colossians 3:17
     When we give our life over to Christ we become His representatives or ambassadors.  Our lives should begin to be a reflection of Christ’s.  It’s not immediate, but rather a progressive thing.  As much as we put into knowing God is how quickly we will be that reflection.  That’s what we’re to strive for; to be just like Christ in all situations. We are the beneficiaries if we make that our life’s work. The aim of all our words and actions is to bring glory to God.
     With all the trials and tribulations that we endure in our lifetime, living each moment for Christ can be harder than it needs to be.  If that’s the case we need to be more diligent in feeding our spirit man.  We are ambassadors to the King.  We have a mission.  We are to bring the gospel message into the highways and the by-ways.  Some will listen and respond favorably and others will tune you out and go on with their lives.  Don’t be discouraged.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)  We aren’t the ones who do the saving.  We may be planters one day and one who waters the next.  It matters not.  What matters is that you are ready for the call to step out in faith and minister in the name of Christ.
     With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, many people are thinking about the things they are thankful for.  Consider this though; shouldn’t every day be Thanksgiving for the believer?  I challenge you to start your daily prayers with thanksgiving to God.  Thank Him for who He is and what He has done and is doing in your life.  Acknowledge who He is and who you are in Him.  It will lift your spirit and ignite your soul.  Be Christ’s representative. Let folks see the Lord in all you say and do.  And thank God for choosing to use you.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources:  Barnes’ Notes of the Bible; Adam Clarke’s Commentary; The Asbury Bible Commentary.
REPRESENTATIVE – “One that serves as a delegate or agent for another.” - American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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