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Who are you representing?
Published: 9/20/2011 11:27:21 AM

 

We’re always acting on behalf of someone, aren’t we?

Our employers. Our organizations. Our families.

When we’re not just "being ourselves” for our own sake, the pressure’s on. We must act according to our role in certain situations. This is especially true of employees. For instance, when I blog personally, I’m always careful to reveal only what wouldn’t be frowned upon by my employer. I don’t vent or crab about my work life. It’s not a public diary of every thought that passes through my skull.

Looking back to my college years, I used to represent my university as a "campus ambassador.” This honor meant I got to wear a dorky, school-colored, striped rugby that nearly everyone on campus recognized. We wore the shirts with pride, but they were given to us with fair warning:

Do not do anything inappropriate while wearing this shirt.

It was logical. The rugbies were a sign of prestige. And we were ambassadors after all; our actions were representing the entire university.

Though my rugby-wearing days are behind me, my ambassador days are certainly still alive and well.

Besides the blogging example mentioned above, I act on behalf of my employer often—at conferences, at community events, in professional organizations, on nights and weekends. My role as employee blurs far beyond the cubicle. I’m held accountable for nearly everything I do. Unlike my college days, I can’t just take off my rugby and be whoever I want to be.

Sound familiar?

As Christians, we also must represent constantly. Calling ourselves Christ followers is no small thing. Christianity is the shirt that we wear nonstop. We’re responsible for representing Christ to the world, and it spills over into every other role we fulfill in life.

Taking our first role as Christians seriously will make us better bosses and workers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, moms and dads. He teaches us how to love, how to forgive, how to grow. He reminds us of our human faults, and in turn, we’re reminded of His endless grace.

You see, when we label ourselves as Christians, in everything we do, we represent. It’s not a label to be slapped on carelessly or represented lightly.

Even as I write these words, I’m not simply expressing myself. I’m praying that He guides my words; that I’m representing Him in the best way possible. I’m human, so sometimes I don’t know what that is. But He does.

Remember to wear your most important shirt, His, when everybody’s watching. Or when seemingly nobody is. Because He always is.

Whether we wear our faith to His glory or to our our shame can impact those around us. Who we represent may be judged by how we act, and yet the one we represent sees something different when He looks at us. When our heavenly Father looks at us, He sees our faith in Christ and "credits it to us as righteousness” (Romans 4:5) and "remembers our sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25) . God looks at us, sees that we are clothed in Christ, and considers us perfect like Christ. We are forgiven!

Galatians 3: 26-27 sums it up beautifully: So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothedyourselves with Christ.

Angie Laxdal

Visit her blog at http://angielynnaelaxdal.wordpress.com/


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