The world we live in is saturated with violence and war, maybe more than ever before; but it is going to get much worse.
We, as children of God, Christians, are to function as "ambassadors of peace." Not only that, but our churches -- indeed our very lives -- are to be like "embassies" in a foreign land. What is it that makes our way of life, our beliefs so unique?
According to Luke, chapter 6, we are to show very unique characteristics in our lives: enduring hatred, exclusion, mockery and cursing because of our identification with Jesus Christ. We are not to endure these things, but "Rejoice, and leap for joy!" because of them for our reward is in heaven -- and, after all, the prophets of old were treated the same way.
Have we lost our distinction as Christians? Is there REALLY anything different about the way we live our lives today? Or, do we blend in like a spiritual chameleon? Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you; if someone slaps your cheek, turn the other one to them; if someone demands your coat, give them your shirt as well; give sacrificially to others; lend without expecting repayment; love your enemies, do good to them.
How does that fit into our 21st century concepts of Christianity?
We are told that our rewards will be in heaven, and "you will truly be acting as children of the Most High God, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked." That's us -- by the way. We are the "unthankful" and "wicked"; what has God done for you lately?
Ambassadors are representatives of the "homeland" and embassies are little pieces of home located in foreign lands. How are you representing your "homeland" lately? Can everyone who watches you, works with you, lives with you tell that you are not a citizen of this earth? Or, do you blend in with everyone else?
Bad ambassadors get called home, and bad embassies get closed. Are you in jeopardy of either of these being true in your case? Just something to think about for the week to come.
May the joy of the Lord be in you.
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