Sunday, April 8, 2012
The debt, paid. The tomb, empty. Now what?
The keynote speaker at a business convention several years ago challenged the members of his audience with this question: "Describe yourself separate and apart from your job title."
Many of the people in the audience couldn't do it. They saw themselves from the lens of what they do.
We are more than just what we do to make a paycheck, but in God's economy, what we should be doing comes from who we are.
Because of Christ, we have received the gracious gift of being adopted as God's very own sons and daughters. We are children of the King! But with that new identity comes a responsibility to represent the King and His kingdom ...
"18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.
To all the titles you've held thus far, you can add another: Ambassador for Christ.
The tomb is empty, Jesus has risen, and He's returned to the Father. The work of expanding His kingdom falls to you, me, and the Holy Spirit. We have been formally commissioned as Ambassadors for the King. Each day, we are to serve as a representative for the Savior of a lost and dying world.
Are you on the job?