An ambassador is never off duty. Whether inconvenienced, flustered, or frustrated, ambassadors must remember that they represent more than themselves. Their words and actions reflect on the one for whom they work. Belligerent, unkind, or entitled ambassadors show whatever they represent to be unpleasant at best and maybe even dangerous.
Ambassadors must not abuse their position. Being trusted to act on behalf of another means respecting the limits and shape of that relationship. It is not to be used for one’s own gain through manipulation of others, resources, or circumstances. Ambassadors must seek the good of the one they represent.
In return, ambassadors are treated with the respect of their office. Such a person is honored, not only as an individual but in accordance with the larger relationship they represent. Ambassadors are responsible for maintaining these relationships—seeking reconciliation in the face of brokenness as well as peace and justice for people and nature.
Through Christ, we have been made ambassadors in service to God’s love. We represent God every day of our lives. This is an awesome responsibility we are only able to fulfill by being equipped by God every day. From the most mundane of errands to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we are always ambassadors for Christ.
Let me live a life of service to you, Jesus, that my light may shine and others may come to trust your presence and love and honor your name. Amen.
Lent is a time for focusing on our need for God and for remembering God’s abundant resources for filling that need. When the Israelites finally pass into Canaan, they observe the Passover as a reminder of God’s deliverance of them from Egypt. The psalmist, traditionally David, rejoices in the fact that God does not count his sins against him. Paul declares that through Christ, God has made everything new. God no longer holds our sins against us, and we in turn appeal to others to accept this free gift. Jesus eats with sinners and tells the story of the prodigal son to demonstrate that no matter how far we stray, God will always welcome us home with open arms. God never stops pursuing us, even if we feel unloved or unworthy.
Read Joshua 5:9-12. What stories do you tell about your faith? What do these stories help you remember?
Read Psalm 32. When have you hidden from God? When has God been your hiding place?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. We are ambassadors for Christ. How does your life display for others that life in Christ eliminates worldly identity labels?
Read Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Do you identify with the prodigal son, the elder son, or the father in the parable? Are you ready to rejoin God’s household on God’s terms? Are you ready to welcome everyone home?
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