St. Francis is known for his instruction to, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” This statement highlights the truth that we speak more often with actions than we do with words. Whether or not we realize it, our lives are constantly telling a story about God. But what kind of story do they tell?
In the verse above, Paul describes followers of Christ as “ambassadors.” What’s an ambassador? An ambassador is an authorized messenger or representative. It’s similar to how I relay my mom’s wishes to my younger siblings while she’s out of the house. Whenever she has to go somewhere, my mom authorizes me to speak on her behalf if situations or questions arise. For example, if my younger siblings ask for dessert or if they can stay up late, I deliver my mom’s answer to them, acting as her representative to my siblings.
Did you know that all of us already fulfill the role of an ambassador in some form? As employees, we represent the company we work for. As children, we represent our family. As a spouse, we represent our marriage. And as Christians, we represent Christ to the world.
How we live our lives says a lot about the God we serve. The world automatically sees Christians as a reflection of God, and they should!