I always take a deep breath after reading that verse because it gives me serious pause to reflect on how I act, what I say, and how I say it. I am a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ! There I go again taking another deep breath.
There is another verse that causes me to have serious reflection. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, he explains to the believers how they should now regard all people and who they actually are in Christ as they serve Him on earth.
“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, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 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 men’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
That is an incredible responsibility for every believer in Jesus Christ! Our main job is to represent Jesus Christ as we wait for His Glorious return. We are ambassadors for our King! I am very glad for the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)! Just as Paul said, we are to look at all people through the eyes of Christ and offer them this reconciliation with God at all times.
We implore people on Christ’s behalf, “be reconciled to God!” Through Jesus Christ He is not counting men’s sins against them! If you do not know Jesus today, please know that He loves you and He died for you. No matter where you live in the world, he died for you so your sins would be forgiven! See my invitation to join God’s family in my post “The 116 Family!”
In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he gives the believers some practical ways on how we should be representing Jesus:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Sounds impossible, and it would be, except believers in Jesus are able to live and love like that because of the power of God’s Holy Spirit. We can speak what is helpful, build others up, and even forgive just as Jesus forgave us! That is a big one too! Forgive each other just like Jesus forgave you. That is so crucial to represent Jesus in victory!
Paul continues his advice on how to live in chapter five:
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Paul makes it very clear that believers in Jesus are to represent Jesus by living a life of love like He did. To be like Him and help people like He did. In the most simple terms, that is how we are to be ambassadors for Jesus.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
I want to focus on “coarse joking” for a moment. The Greek root of the word sarcasm means “tearing of the flesh.” Remember that next time you feel like being sarcastic. If you joke with someone in a mean way, it is not funny. You are tearing their flesh.
We are not going to be perfect at all of this. We walk in grace by faith in Jesus. We are not working our way into Heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus paid the full price for our sins for us. Always remember that!
God will empower you to live in victory like this when you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You will be able to love, live, and forgive like He did, and He will use you to take His message of reconciliation to the world!
I plead with you and implore you in my time as Paul did in his time, be reconciled to God! Find peace and healing in Jesus. He is making His appeal through all of His followers and reaching out to you this very moment!
It has been such a great encouragement to see all of the different blogs for Jesus! It is incredible to see how He works through each one of His followers. I pray the Lord will combine each work He is doing through us into one giant powerful work of the Holy Spirit! Pray for each other!
Here is one more crucial piece of advice from Paul. It is important to note that he is not saying you can’t have wine. He is saying do not get drunk. Just wanted to make that clear. I don’t drink because of my past and how I came to Jesus, and because of Celiac Disease, but it does not bother me if one of my brothers in Christ wants to have a beer or a glass of wine. I am not judging you. Just be very careful how you live. You know if you are drinking too much, and if you are, then honor Christ and stop. These Holy God-breathed Scriptures are not about guilt. They are about wise instruction for living a righteous life. We are to represent Jesus well as His ambassadors, and I pray that we all do that in the power of the Holy Spirit!
“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Jesus is Lord! Grace and peace to you all!
Here is some music to speak to you with spiritual songs. I watched this on the blog of a wonderful Caribbean Christian Sister in Christ! This is Holy Spirit filled African praise! Enjoy, it is beautiful! Thank you sister for posting it!
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
1 Peter 1:13