How does being an ambassador of Christ intersect with being real?
If we’re not real, we can’t be known. If we cannot be known, neither can our Lord. How can we call out others with the scent of the far country, if we never let people get close enough to smell?
People these days have gotten pretty sensitive to hypocrisy. They know when they’re being left out, and they’re just waiting for you to act out of character. That makes being any kind of witness hard. But if we are trying to be witnesses, to show what’s different about Christians, to show the Love, Truth and Beauty that exist only in God… we *have* to allow ourselves to be known.
I’m not talking about blogging or about cyberlife. Yes, you can be something of a witness here in cyberland… but honestly people reading Christian blogs are likely mostly Christians. And there are risks to letting too much of yourself be known online. (Anonymity can make cruel whims into cruel realities). I’m talking about day-to-day, the people who see your face and *know* when you’re having a sucky week, because your coloring isn’t on.
I’m talking about the people who see you get mad – and see what you do with that. The ones who know exactly how you were provoked, because they were standing right next to you. The people who give you a hug when chips are down. The people who see how high you bounce, and what makes you sing.
Does your life match your words? It better. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
People in this world deal with hardship, they have tears. They don’t need to be held away from your heart so that you can make it look like you have everything all together. Do know you know what that is? That’s *pride*. We’re supposed to be lamps on the hilltops – but the light doesn’t come from us, it comes from God. And if we’re going to shine more light, what we need to do is get less of us in the way.
Be real. Talk about the stuff that’s really on your mind. Ask for a hug when you need one. Take a deep breath and say you’re going to pray about it. Don’t worry about offending man – and don’t speak Christianese if you can avoid it! (I should talk, I think in KJV half the time). Let people see you fall, and let them see that when you fall down, what you do is look to Jesus – and that doing that changes things. Let them see you lean on Him for the source of the faith you show. The love, the kindness, the charity. All us Christians know that it’s not us that powers those good things, those are the fruits of the spirit. But the Worldlings? They think that we’re just nice people. Hah. Show the way prayer changes you. Let them see the joy coming off of you after a worship session.
It’s not just bad things you show to be real – that’s false humility. Show good stuff. Show real stuff. Don’t hold yourself back, just be who you were made, and be in love with Jesus.
Love changes everything.