Ambassadors of Christ
Scripture: 1 Kings 3:16-28, 1 Kings 5:1-18, 2 Chronicles 2:1-18, 1 Kings 6:1-13, 2 Chronicles 3:1-14, 1 Kings 6:14-38
"When all Israel heard the king's decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.” 1 Kings 3:28 (NLT)
For they saw. This is a huge statement concerning our young king. An effective king must have the respect of his people. Solomon’s judgment between the two mothers assured the Israelites they were being ruled by a just and fair king capable of making tough decisions. His decisions reflected well upon God and His wisdom.
What do people see when they look at us? What is our reputation among God's people? Reputation is the estimation in which a person or thing is held by the community or public. Before I accepted Jesus, I am not proud of my reputation. Many of my actions, thoughts, words, and desires were not in line with God’s ways, which surely had to disappoint Him. I cared too much about fitting in with the crowd and what others thought of me.
Now that I know Jesus and value and apply His Word to my life, my desires have changed. I make wiser decisions with the way I spend my money, how I divide my time, and the words I think and say. Yet, I don’t act kindly, speak graciously, choose wisely, or do anything so people will applaud me or think highly of me. Nope. I’m no longer concerned with my reputation—I’m concerned with representing Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors.” (NLT) Our words and deeds can help bring others to Christ for the first time or back to Him if they’ve wandered away. Through our actions and words, you and I can help give Jesus the right reputation: a loving God, caring Father, gracious provider, and wise King.
Today, let’s make a point to have the words of our mouth, meditations of our heart, and actions of our life be pleasing to God and positively reflect Him in our community.