A Word from Curt…
Posted: October 30th, 2014
This week’s daily Bible readings are in 2 Corinthians. Chapter 5 is awesome! In verse 20, Paul says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” When I consider my role as “ambassador for Christ,” I’m reminded of the Three Musketeers.
Athos, Aramis and Porthos were three loyal servants of King Louis XIII in early 17th century France. Joined by the dashing D’Artagnan, these four friends battled King Louis’ enemies, especially the soldiers of evil Cardinal Richelieu. Although they had their differences, these guys really worked well together.
The thing that made the Three Musketeers so effective was their commitment to their common cause and their appreciation for one another. They were devoted to the King. They represented his interests above their own. And if you challenged one of them, you challenged all of them. In fact, their motto was “one for all and all for one!”
That’s how the church should be. Christians should be united in their commitment to serving Christ and bringing honor and glory to his name. Our job is to serve the King. Our love, respect and appreciation for him helps us love, respect and appreciate each other. Jesus said our devotion to each other proves our devotion to him: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
As we struggle against evil and live as representatives of the King, we need the accountability and encouragement of other Christians. When a burning coal is pulled out of a fire and set to the side by itself, the flame quickly goes out and the ember grows cold. But when that same coal is placed back in the fire, it soon “re-ignites.” We need each other!
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be over powered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Embrace your role this week as an ambassador for Christ!