Represent

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 5:42

It’s interesting that Jesus’ final command was to spread the good news of his life, ministry, death, and resurrection.  My question for you is: are we obeying that command?

Remember that if we don’t tell people about Jesus, no one will know.  Romans 10:14 says “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

We call ourselves Christians.  We bear the name of Christ.  We need to let the world know who he is.  We are his representatives.

It doesn’t matter whether we want to or not.  Either positively or negatively, we represent Christ.  When Christians are hateful and hypocritical, Christ’s character is portrayed as hateful and hypocritical.  Why aren’t there more people coming to Christ?  Maybe it’s because Christians aren’t representing Christ accurately.

We need to reflect the chracter of Christ in our actions and words.  The gospel shouldn’t just be something we talk about in a certain time or place.  It should fill every conversation and define every deed.  We don’t even have to be talking about the Bible to spread the gospel.  All we have to do is let the Holy Spirit guide us to imitate the character of Christ to the glory of God.

You may say, “Oh, I’m just not called to ministry.”  But you are!  Your ministry may be in retail, medicine, marketing, or parenting.  As long as you are in contact with  other people you have every reason to spread the gospel.

If you have learned from this blog this semester, I hope you care about it enough to share it.  Let your life reflect Christ and his true character.

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9 Responses to Represent

  1. karianneirwin920 says:

    Kyle,
    You are so right. I believe that too often people think “ministry” they think being a missionary in some third world country, but that’s not true. I have started going to Grove City Alliance, which is a missionary alliance church and recently they have been bringing in a lot of missionaries to speak. One thing that I have taken away from their sermons is that although God calls some people to go overseas and start churches, that isn’t for everyone. God gives us the opportunity to evangelize in our own country, even our own community. I also agree that it is very important how we as Christians portray Christ. Once someone gets a bad taste in their mouth, they have no desire to learn more. We need to watch our attitudes and actions and make sure that they are in line with Christ’s will for our lives.

  2. Ellie Harp says:

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog, Kyle! Also, I love the name 🙂

  3. stackjg1 says:

    ?Your ministry may be in retail, medicine, marketing, or parenting. As long as you are in contact with other people you have every reason to spread the gospel.”

    so true! we need not to limit ourselves to sharing Christ in foreign nations, but in our own backyard as well. thanks for sharing!

  4. Walter says:

    “Either positively or negatively, we represent Christ.” Very true. If we say that Christ lives in us, then our conduct must represent this.

  5. Mandee says:

    I agree that we definitely need to be out proclaiming the news about Jesus. Like you said, if we do not say anything, no one will know.

  6. horvathga1 says:

    Such an incredible reminder, Kyle. Thanks for the gut check.

  7. Too often is it easy to come up with excuses for doing a crappy job in ministry. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. brianpell says:

    This brings up an interesting theological point because we definitely do represent Christ, and there are objective realities to that truth. So if we’re not lining up with those, there are definitely reasons for concern. Nice post

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