Happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing another installment in my “Scripture Sunday” series! I hope you love today’s post as much as I loved writing it, but if the Christian religion offends you for any reason please feel free to continue scrolling through my blog and find another post that better suits you. That disclaimer aside, let’s get into the post! Enjoy!
2 Corinthians 5:20; Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Being born and raised as a Christian, I have grown up hearing about evangelism and how the love of God should be spread. As an elementary school student, I thought the only real way to do that was to go on mission trips as my father had when I was little and literally spread the word across the world. As a middle schooler, I started hearing about how you could do it in your own community and I honestly didn’t understand how that applied to me; I live in the Bible Belt, and it seems like everyone here is a Christian. What I’ve now come to realize as a high schooler is that just because someone goes to church and labels themselves as “Christian” doesn’t mean they live as though they are or that they even completely understand what the term means.
I now see the term “Christian” as someone who has accepted the love of God, devotes themselves to having a relationship with Him, and strives to help others to have the same experience. I once heard this analogy that I love that relates Christianity to a favorite but less popular pizza parlor. The analogy basically says that if I knew of this incredible pizza parlor that no one really went to, I’d recommend it to all of my friends and family because I’d be doing them an injustice by not letting them know about it. If they don’t want to go try the pizza, that’s perfectly fine, but I’m going to continue recommending it because it’s that good. As a Christian, I now do my best to convince my friends to try this “pizza” that is actively living aside Christ without becoming so annoying that they never want to try it.
That being said, you can tell someone to try something as much as you want, but if you act like trying it has had no effect on you (or maybe even a negative effect) they won’t see the point. I think that as Christians it is so important that we display God’s love and the joy that it brings us on the daily. We are God’s best advertisements, the thing that separates Christianity from being a thick, random, and old book written ages ago. This is not to portray Christianity as some dying corporate business that needs customers, but I think spreading God’s love is both the “right” thing to do and the kind thing to do. Loving others well is the hardest and funnest part of being a Christian, and it’s something we can all get better at each and every day.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” As an ambassador for brands, I can say that to me the meaning of the word is to represent something well, for what it truly is. God wants to use us to make His appeal to others. He wants us to show what His love is like and how it changes lives. He wants us to bring people to church, youth groups, YoungLife, Bible studies, etc. If the being that created me and loves me unconditionally despite all of my Sin and downfall wants me to do this, you better believe I’ll do my best to fill the role.
This week, be an ambassador for Christ. Represent God’s eternal and unconditional love in your school, in your home, and everywhere else. Pay attention to the details and strive to make His presence known through your actions. Through Him, love others well. It won’t always be easy, but that’s why He’s one prayer away to help you.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!