SCRIPTURE: “Stand up for me among the people you meet and the Son of Man will stand up for you before all God’s angels.” – Luke 12:8 – The Message
I have been a Steven Curtis Chapman fan for a number of years. My teenagers enjoy reminiscing about singing along to his songs when they we in grade school. I love to listen to a song entitled The Change: “What about the change? What about the difference? What about the grace? What about forgiveness? What about a life that shows I’m undergoing the change?” The lyrics remind me that being a disciple of Jesus Christ calls for my life to be noticeably different.
Are you mindful that you are Christ’s ambassador 24-7? Whether you are at home, at work, or out about town, you represent the One from whom you take your identity. For example, when I lived in Malaysia, I represented Americans, because I claimed part of my identity as a citizen of the United States. People were watching, and they did notice! They were curious and interested in learning more about America, so they naturally had a tendency to associate my words and actions with all Americans. I did not want to perpetuate bad impressions left by others. I wanted people I met from all nations to see the good qualities about Americans by looking at me.
Representing Christ is, of course, so much more important, because I do not desire that others change their citizenship and become American. As a Christian, however, I am commanded to “make disciples of all nations.” (Mt 28:19). The Christian rapper, Lecrae, makes representing and standing up for his belief the theme of many of his songs. He says, “I am not ashamed of this 116,” meaning Romans 1:16. Your actions do speak louder than words, so what you do and how you behave are most important. But how often do you speak of our Lord as the reason for your joy? Consider that your most effective mission work is in your everyday life. Let your friends know about your faith. Share the Good News with those you would like to receive the benefits you have. Remember who you represent.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” – Romans 1:16, NIV
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. Do you act or speak differently depending upon who you are with and who is watching?|
|2. What specific Fruit of the Spirit can you focus on displaying this week?|
|3. If asked, can you explain or describe the reason for your faith?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|