Devotional - 97-05-27 - Our Real Job
2 Corinthians 5:20
One of the gardeners where I work loves to talk about evolution. He studies it diligently and lectures on trees and bushes in the community. He can go on and on about how this continent merged with this one and then there was an ice age, and then an ocean formed here, a big lake here, on and on and then he will conclude with something like, "And that is why this plant only grows in Northern China and Pennsylvania." Generally our conversations of this nature end rather abruptly when he stops mid sentence and says, "You don't believe any of this, do you?" I reply, "Nope" and the conversation is over. I am not wishing to start a young-old earth debate here. My point is that my co-worker is a real Ambassador of his cause. His cause is not one that I agree with, but his zeal for his cause is infectious. He loves his cause so much that he will talk about it endlessly with me, someone he knows does not believe a thing he is saying.
Wait a minute, isn't that what Christians do? 2 Corinthians 5:20 says that we are Ambassadors for Christ. Another job? If you are like me, you can't handle another job right now, life is crazy enough. Actually, being an ambassador for Christ is not really another job, it is our only job. Do you have an occupation? Praise God!, your work is in service to Christ. Jonathan Edwards says, "You are all called to be Christians, and this is your profession." Zeal is interesting. It can be a real turn off at times. This can especially be true with Christians. When you think of the Gospel from the perspective of the unbeliever, it is like this: "So you are saying if I don't trust in Christ and ask forgiveness for my sins, God is going to judge me, reject me, and I will burn forever in hell?" Yup. From the perspective of the believer the Gospel is a wonderful comfort and joy. Not so if you know what the Gospel says and reject it as false. It is very offending. I would exhort you to be zealous, but I hope we will all add a heaping measure of humility and discretion with our zeal. We are ambassadors and thus we are to make our cause attractive and compelling to those who do not yet share our convictions, and truthfully, those who do.
"Think oft of heaven, and what a thing a saint will be in glory, when he shall shine as the stars, and be equal to the angels, and then you will quickly see cause to love them." Richard Baxter
Soli Deo Gloria,