Representing Christ

Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier's aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules.

Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

2 Timothy 2: 3-5, 22-23 (NRSV)

Leland P. Gamson is from Arizona. They were halfway through army basic training at Fort Knox. Before being dismissed for their first 24-hour town leave, their drill instructor reminded them: "Remember, each of you represents the U.S. Army to whomever you meet and in whatever you do. If you are caught in a compromising position that reflects poorly on our army, we will hear about it. You have to answer to me." As demanding as their drill instructor was, they knew he had their best interest at heart. They didn't want to disappoint him or tarnish the army's image of disciplined soldiers.

In a similar way, we represent Jesus after we accept him as our Lord and Savior. Whenever we interact with anyone - at a store, where we work, when eating out, or when we answer the phone - we represent Christ. Do we treat store clerks and service workers with respect and try to make them feel appreciated and valued? Do we represent Christ well every day and in every way? After all, Jesus loves everyone because we are all God's children.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us remember that we represent you wherever we are and to everyone we meet. Help us to love like Jesus for we pray in his name. Amen.

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