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Spiritual Practice

AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

Katy Steele and Jason Gerringer

Talking about Jesus can feel awkward. We worry about saying the right words, and we fear being shot down. But we have a story to tell that’s worth sharing: Jesus Christ died on a cross to save the entire world, and then he rose from the dead.

We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:20a (NRSV)

When witnessing is hard for me, I remember the words of 2 Corinthians 5:20: “We are ambassadors for Christ.” Think about it. Jesus wishes he could express his love for the girl who sits alone at lunch. The problem is that he can’t walk up to her in the cafeteria, sit down, and say, “Hi.” But we can. We are called to work on Christ’s behalf, to be his hands, feet, and heart to a hurting world. Is it awkward? Sometimes—but well worth the risk.

—Katy Steele, 20

 

REFLECT: Living a faithful life is the best way to witness. Often, that involves stepping out and doing what isn’t popular or expected. I used to sit with the unpopular kids at lunch as a witness to Jesus, who went against the norm in order to love others. Teenagers won’t listen if you get preachy, but they’ll notice if something is different about your life and oftentimes will be curious enough to ask why.

—Jason Gerringer

—from devozine (May/June 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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