But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference He made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
1 Peter 2:9-12 (The Message Translation)
You may not think you applied for the job, but when you said yes to God’s offer of salvation you were automatically hired as one of His representatives.
I know what you’re probably thinking because it’s what I think, too: the job is overwhelming, and I’m not qualified. But God’s Word not only assures us that He can use us despite our inadequacies, it also gives us many examples of how He used ordinary men and women just like us.
One of my favorite Bible stories of God using an ordinary man as His representative to accomplish great things is that of Elijah. James 5:17 tells us that he was an ordinary man who prayed that it would not rain, and it didn’t for three and a half years. His prayer made a bold statement to a nation that needed to know the one true God who controls everything, including the rain.
Elijah’s bold faith wasn’t easy to live out. His prediction for no rain caused him to be a wanted man. There was a price to pay, but in the end a nation saw the God Elijah represented.
Making a stand for God sometimes puts us in vulnerable situations. Mentioning the name of Jesus in a workplace environment these days can cost you your job. Mentioning Him at a dinner party with casual friends can cause you to be ostracized from the group.
Most Christians wish they could see miraculous answers to their prayers like Elijah did when he prayed for no rain. We want bold lives that reflect God’s glory to an unbelieving world. However, most of us are unwilling to take our job as Christ’s representatives seriously. Instead of standing up for what we believe, we quietly blend into the crowd around us.
God doesn’t’ call everyone to pray and believe for a three and a half year drought. He doesn’t ask everyone to quit their job and go into fulltime ministry like He did me. But He does ask all Christians to share the hope that is within them.
Here are 3 key steps we have to take in order for others to see Christ through us:
- Speak up- Someone was brave enough to tell you about Christ, share the gift.
- Watch how you live- Whether you realize it or not people are watching how you live out your faith and as a byproduct they are judging the God you serve by the life you live.
- Decide it’s worth the cost- We all want to hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Realizing those words come when we’ve actually done something to deserve them should help us to decide it’s worth the cost.
You’ve been chosen to represent God here on earth. As you set out to make Him known don’t forget that His best representatives have all been ordinary people just like you who simply decided to let His glory shine through their lives.
Shine On My Friends!