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Friday, November 25, 2016

GOD’S AMBASSADORS

Colossians 3:17
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
            Paul wrote his letter to the church in Colossae from a Roman prison.  He had never visited Colossae; the church was started by a few of his followers.  Paul had gotten word that the church had become infiltrated by certain elements of paganism and secular philosophy.  This letter was written to present to the congregation the absolute supremacy and sole sufficiency of Christ.  Nothing needed to be added to the teachings of Christ and nothing should be taken away. 
            This statement holds true for today just as it did back then.  There are many thoughts, theories and notions regarding Jesus, God, sin, Satan and heaven; so much so that it can make a believer not properly grounded in God’s Word become perplexed and confused.  I have written many times about our being an ambassador or representative of the Lord.  This verse bears that out.  We are to grow in faith and Godly wisdom as we travel down the narrow path laid before us.  We must read the Word and ask God for wisdom and understanding.  This isn’t some sort of game where we go traipsing off into the sunset with blessings untold simply because we are a child of God.  If we live a life that is void of spiritual growth we will end up slipping a malaise from which we may never recover.  Souls are at stake; lives hang in the balance.  We have been called upon not just to have our sins forgiven but also to share our story with whomsoever the Lord brings across our path.  We need discernment to know when and who to share with.  Some folks are primed and ready to receive; others may blow us off.  They are rejecting the Lord, not you; so don’t be discouraged.  You have the full backing and support of Almighty God regarding all you do in his name. 
            Pray daily for God to use you to further his kingdom.  He doesn’t need any of us to do what he wishes to accomplish.  He has chosen us for a purpose.  That purpose is to represent him by telling what he has done for us.  We are to tell others that he desires to do the same for them.  If we are rebuffed we are to pick ourselves up and move on.  God does not fail.  Man has already failed yet is being offered a do over, in a manner of speaking.  You have an important mission in this life.  BE Christ to those you encounter each day.  If not you, then who?  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, Tyndale House Publishers.

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