Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:1-2
Representing the faith…
It’s crazy to think about… how the God of the universe would allow me to represent His name. He actually allows me to be a representative of who He is and what He can do. By choosing to do His work through His people, God chooses to make us representatives of His name.
Now I know you have heard this idea before, but think about it again… When a king chooses an ambassador (one who goes to represent him to other kingdoms and nations) he doesn’t choose just any old scrub. If he did, this ambassador would walk into the neighboring country just after rolling out of bed, he would have no idea what to talk about, he would probably disrespect the officials of that kingdom, and he would most likely be the reason that all of the other nations think poorly of the king he is representing.
In the same way, we have the constant task of representing our King of King’s and the Christian faith in general.
1 Peter 2:12 says:
“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”
Today in our passage, we see Paul give words of instruction when it comes to slaves. He describes the proper conduct for the slave of the unbelieving master as well as the believing master. Both of which are the same…submission.
The heart behind obeying the believing master is out of love and support of the fellow brother in Christ. The heart behind obeying the unbelieving master is to properly represent the True Master.
This can be properly applied to us as believers in any area of life. 1 Timothy 6:1 says that by our conduct we can “bring shame on the name of God and His teaching.”
How is your conducting representing your Master? At work, with your family, with your friends, or with your classmates…is your conduct representing the faith well?
You never know when you may encounter the same people in the future and you never know if you will have the ability to make up for your poor conduct. Remember, you are an ambassador…representing your King.
Posted by:Sam Cirrincione