2000-08-11 - Christ Living In Us
Part 2Last week, we looked at some of the privileges that are ours when Christ lives in us. This week, we will briefly examine some of our responsibilities:
When we call ourselves Christians, when Christ lives in our hearts, we have the responsibility of representing Him. We are, in fact, His ambassadors.
2 Cor.5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (NNAS)
Everything we do or say, our attitudes - our entire lives can reflect on Christ and Christianity. Does the way you live your life make Christianity appealing to nonbelievers? Do you stand out, shine with Christ's light, or do you simply blend in with everyone else around you? Do you perform your work with a Christ-honoring spirit, or with a complaining attitude? Do you rationalize making personal long-distance calls from work, or do you honor God with honest behavior? Do you drive faster than anyone else does on the road, not thinking of how it reflects on our Lord? (I have been guilty of this one!) We need to remember that as someone has said, "we may be the only Bible some ever read." Scary thought?
We have the responsibility to expect and accept peacefully the same treatment as Christ, although this sometimes means being treated unfairly.
John 15:20-21 Remember the word that I said to you:"A slave is not greater than his master." If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (NNAS)
We have the responsibility to reach out to those who have less than we do:
Luke 14:12-13 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors; otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." (NNAS)
We have the responsibility to love those who treat us unlovingly:
Matthew 5:46 "If you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" (NNAS)
Some of these instructions are tough words. Jesus never promised it would be easy, but He did promise to enable us to do His will (see Philippians 4:13).
May we think more soberly about our responsibilities as Christ's ambassadors.