When I am working, I have 2 things that mark me as an employee.  One is a company car.  The other is a photo identification badge.  While I am attached to either of those identifiers I represent my employer.  I am careful to speak and act in such a way as to represent them well.  I don’t want to do or say anything that might negatively affect people’s perception of the organization as a whole, or even my fellow employees.

   The other day my schedule and driving path actually allowed me the opportunity to stop by the bank to do some quick business.  I parked the company car and approached the building…only to find that it had closed already.  It had taken me 3 weeks to finally be able to do this, so I was a bit perturbed.  There was another woman there who was feeling the same frustrations as I was, and I confess, I said some words I should not have.  As I approached the company car and saw the logo on the side, I realized that I had not represented my employer well just then.

   On the way to my next stop, I thought how the company logo on the side of the car was like the fish on the back of a vehicle driven by a Christian.  To be honest, I have avoided putting one on my personal car.  Not that I am afraid to let people know that I am a follower of Christ…I just know that I don’t always drive the way I should.  I have always thought that I am not doing much good for the case for Christ if I am speeding or otherwise driving in a rude manner, to say the least.  If people don’t have any reason to believe that I am a Christian, based on my bumper, then they can’t connect me to Jesus, and can’t blame Him for my bad behavior.  You see, there is logic to my thinking.  

   As I considered this further, I came to realize that I was looking at it backwards, upside down, and inside out!  I am, in fact, a follower of Christ…even if I don’t always look like it.  I believe that He is my Savior, the Son of God, and I have made Him the Lord of my life.  And I know that He is very busy working in my life to make me more like Him.  Just as I represent my employer, I represent Christ to the world around me.  I should always be concerned with how my words and behavior reflect on Him.  Not only should I have a fish, or another identifier that links me to Jesus on my car, I should have a photo ID badge as well.  

              

               Mary Berkenpas  Mary Berkenpas

              Ambassador for Christ

 

When I intentionally identify myself as Christ’s representative, I hope that it will not be a poor reflection on Him.  Instead, I hope it will serve to remind me of who I am in Christ…a new creation…a daughter of the King…and I will speak, act, live in such a way!!

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NCV) – If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation.  The old things have gone; everything is made new! 

 

2 Corinthians 5:20a (NCV) – So we have been sent to speak for Christ.

 

2 Corinthians 6:6 (NCV) – We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love, by speaking the truth, and by God’s power.

 

2 Corinthians 7:1b (NCV) – We should try to become holy in the way we live, because we respect God.