Monday, March 2, 2015

Are You an Ambassador for Christ?


am・bas・sa・dor | am'basәdәr, -dÔr | noun ● a person who acts as a representative or promotor of a specified activity. [line] As Christian women, it is often easy to get caught up in life and rarely think about who we are and what our purpose on this earth is. Why are we here? What is our calling? What is our mission? Most of us live extremely busy lives: work, family, church, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, responsibilities, volunteering. The to-do lists often seem endless. Yet while we are busy with being busy, busy with just life itself, I have been asking myself a few questions lately that I would like to share with you:

1. Are you an ambassador of Jesus Christ?

Do you act as a representative of His gospel, of His love, of His will? Do you present yourself as a woman who seeks to promote His cause, His purpose, His salvation? "And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" {Esther 4:14 KJV} When you are busy dropping kids off at school, grocery shopping, running errands at Target, are you keeping your eyes open for ministry? Are you noticing the people in your environment who seek you out with their eyes because they sense Jesus in you? Are you reaching out to people in your community on a daily basis, or are you so intent on what you are doing that you fail to be Jesus to them?

2. Are you an ambassador of holiness?

Do you present your outward appearance to the world in a manner that is in direct line with Biblical standards to be "set apart" from the world so that Jesus is seen through you? Do you speak in a manner that aligns yourself with Christ? Are your thoughts and speech reflective of Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." {KJV} Are you making sure that every time you are in public, your appearance and conversation are representing Jesus so that the world so they see, feel, and experience purity, justice, honesty, and virtue?

3. Are you an ambassador of peace?

Do you strive for those around you to feel strength and contentedness, or do you gossip and create strife among your coworkers, family, and friends? "Follow peace with all [women], and holiness, without which no [woman] shall see the Lord." {Hebrews 12:14 KJV} Do you encourage those around you to live peaceably with one another? Do you seek to give positive encouragement or do you fall into the trap of being negative and pessimistic with every mishap? [line] "Perfect" is a societal buzzword for millennials these days; I know, because I overuse it constantly. That dress is "perfect," those shoes match "perfectly" with the "perfect" dress; meeting up for coffee at 2pm is "perfect," and this scone is a "perfect" complement to this "perfectly" crafted espresso. We seek for perfection, and when we find that perfection is unattainable, we become dissatisfied and unhappy with whatever is imperfect. Our lives are constantly a work in progress, and failures are sure to come; storms will come and unplanned events will certainly catch us off guard. But in the midst of all this, we still are called to be women of integrity, purpose, and ministry. We are not called to plaster a fake smile on our tear-stained face, but we are called to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ; we are called to speak to the broken hearts, comfort those who mourn, rejoice with those who are blessed. We are not called to go through life as plastic mannequins with a perfect facade, but we are called to be present in the lives of those we encounter each day. This does not mean we have to be "yes" people, always saying yes and filling our already over-packed schedules until every single line in the planner is full, but we are called to love, serve, and understand.

We are called to be ambassadors of the King; representatives of His Kingdom; promoters of His love, salvation, and peace.

That is our purpose, our mission, the reason for which we were created. I am not perfect; I make mistakes. I have much to learn, but in what I have already learned, I know that my life is not my own for it is to be lived with the sole purpose of being an ambassador of Jesus Christ. 

Nichole Criss is a music instructor & entrepreneur. She loves to read, travel and write. Visit her website and be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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