Have you ever had an experience where a salesman made or broke the possible deal? They either misled you with the wrong information, or were so concerned with making the deal that they seemed ‘pushy’, wouldn't take ‘no’ for an answer, or focused on things you weren’t interested in? How did you react to this situation? Did you end up making the deal? Why or why not? How that salesman represented himself probably helped you come to a decision, right?
How we represent ourselves to others will determine our friendships, potential jobs, spouse, and much more. How we represent our job, our person, our belief, or anything, will influence how others view or respond to whatever is being represented- negatively or positively. Such is the Christian life. We are representatives of Jesus, how we represent Him will affect others.
As we live out our faith, we can either choose to represent well or not well. When we don’t represent well, we hear terms like hypocritical, or fake, or two-faced. This portrays Christ and what He did in a very negative light. When we represent Jesus well, we portray Him positively to others. We represent the Christian faith positively. Some individuals will only respond to the gospel and the love of Jesus by how they view those representing those beliefs. Therefore, it is our duty to represent well.
Living a life for Christ requires proper representation. How we act and respond to situations should be consistent with the teachings of Jesus- love. Living out our faith can potentially impact others- positively or negatively. We are given instructions in Matthew 28:18-20 to go and make disciples. This requires proper representation. We’ll never be able to start conversations if we’re viewed as hypocritical, two faced, or fake.
Salespeople sell items to get paid. Although, we as followers of Christ don’t sell anything, we do have something to offer others that has eternal rewards- salvation through Christ. Representing Him properly opens opportunities for that conversation. Let’s put our best foot forward and start representing our God they way He has instructed. This does take work, but anything of any worth requires effort. Let's give God our best efforts!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.