Monday, June 29, 2009

Ambassadors for Christ

The third commandment given on the tablets at Sinai is, "Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God." (Exodus 20:7a) This means more than just how you carry your speech, but it means "Do not mis-carry the name of the Lord your God." Put another way, it means "Do not bring dishonor to the Lord through your words and deeds, because you bear His name."

It means so much more when you understand the law was given to the Israelites who were to carry His name and to be witness to Him amongst the nations.

It means much more to us Christians who literally represent the Lord as ambassadors to the nations. Martyrs of the Word of the Lord; representatives of the Kingdom of God.

We understand this to a degree through contemporary corollaries of employment. The term "employee" is out of favor, but we're often referred to as an "associate." When on the clock we represent the brand - or the product - through the way we talk, and the way we treat our patrons. We become the brand.

We are the Jesus brand. More than that; we have a new family name. We are Christians, named for our Lord. We are adopted into this family, and are co-heirs with Christ.

We should be mindful of the way we carry the name of our Lord. The way we represent Him through words and deeds. "...for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." (Exodus 20:7b)

And this is a big job, we have become "Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us." (2 Corinthians 5:20a)

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