Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are indeed ambassadors for Christ. In all places and at all times, we are to be ambassadors for Christ. Sometimes we are good ambassadors; other times we are bad ambassadors.
I was reminded of this basic principle one time while having a meal in a local restaurant. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a hostess seat a couple who had obviously arrived in a bad mood. In one minute’s time, they flagged someone down to complain that they had been sitting there for a long while and had not seen a server. That was a lie! Literally, they had just sat down. This kind of behavior continued through the whole meal. At one point, the woman said to the poor waitress in the sharpest of tones, “Does this place offer refills on iced tea? If you do, we sure would not know it.” The biting criticism ran throughout the meal until they finally demanded their bill. Throwing money on the table, the customer gave her parting shot, “We’ve got dogs in the car and don’t have a lot of time!”
My heart broke for the waitress, but soon my heart would break for so many more reasons. As I exited the restaurant, I saw the unhappy customers leaving in their vehicle. In the rear window of their vehicle was a little decal proclaiming, “Clergy.” I voiced three quick prayers. First, I prayed for the couple that they might allow God to show them what poor ambassadors they had been for Him. Second, I prayed for whatever church might have to call them “Pastor.” Third, and most of all, I prayed for me. I prayed that I might always be a good ambassador for Christ.
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