Before I retired, I worked for a hospital. I remember at one of our training meetings, our employer stressed that we, every one of us was the face of Frederick Memorial Hospital to the community. If we were kind, caring, and helpful, that was how others would see the hospital. On the other hand if we were rude, careless or disinterested, our workplace would be perceived in a very different way. Once a person develops a negative opinion about you, it’s very hard to win back their approval.
Reading Leslie’s post yesterday, I realized that being one with Christ carries a big responsibility. We, the church, the body of Christ, represent Him to the world. That means, as my husband (a Pastor) keeps telling us, there must be something different about us. Our actions and attitude must mirror the One we follow. Otherwise, many will think … what’s the big deal? Why should I give up my time and money to be part of the church? Those people are just the same as everyone else.
In the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians we learn something about how we are supposed to convey the presence of Christ to the world:
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. …For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men as sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” 2 Corinthians: 2:14, 17
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual” 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
If we are one with Christ, our words and actions will become more and more like His. We will be noticeably different because we have His mind and His Spirit within us. We are His ambassadors, entrusted with sharing His good news with the world. Are you up for this responsibility?