May 20, 2023
What is the most important thing on your to-do list today? If you’re like me, it’s probably a mile long and never seems to get shorter. It can be easy to be overwhelmed and even stuck in the mundane, day to day busyness. But when I’m honest with myself, and remember this verse, I see that my mundane tasks aren’t meant to be done just for the sake of checking them off. He desires first of all that I spend time with Him in a personal relationship. Then He wants me to share the joy, peace, and love I’ve found with Him to the rest of the world, to be an ambassador on behalf of Christ! In the verses before this, we see what we are to be ambassadors of – the ‘ministry of reconciliation’. God first reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and then gave us the same mission, to reconcile others as ambassadors! Now THAT is a priority shift for your mundane to-do list. It’s not to say that your day-to-day tasks don’t matter, or don’t need to be done. But it does mean that we can do them with the perspective that ‘Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31 ASV). Every little task has a kingdom purpose.
When I wash a load of laundry or cook dinner, I am doing so to take care of my family, which honors God and is a testimony of His provision. When I spend hours typing up documents, organizing finances and fundraising, it glorifies God by being a good treasurer for our branch of CoLaborers International. And all these tasks free me up to then serve the least of these in the slum of Las Gradas, showing the children and their families that not only do I love and care for them, but so does Jesus. Jesus sent me to be an ambassador of His reconciliation to that community, and when I have the right perspective, I see that each task I do, even the ‘boring’ ones, are done to reconcile God’s beloved children to Himself!
It should be the same for you, for anyone that professes Jesus as Lord and Savior. He has given us this ministry of reconciliation as ambassadors on His behalf! And the beauty is that you don’t have to be a pastor, or missionary, or evangelist for this verse to apply to you. Being an ambassador of Christ may mean being the best mechanic possible and showing clients that your integrity and skill reflect God’s image and sanctification in your life. It could mean going above and beyond for your students in the classroom, or giving your marriage another chance because you believe what the Lord says about the sanctity of marriage. Everything we do, good or bad, is a reflection on the Lord and who He is in our lives. So my encouragement is to examine your to-do list, your priorities, and see where Jesus is – is He at the center or off to the side somewhere? We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ!
’94 / ‘08 San Jose Costa Rica