Updated: Aug 21, 2018
By: KILLORAN BERGLUND
Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone trying to pass along a message from someone else? Maybe that person didn’t quite understand the main idea, or maybe the details were left out, or maybe even other details were added in as they conveyed the message? *raises hand to last one*
Or, have you ever been the person who gave the message to the “middle man” and had it delivered to the other person completely wrong? Ay, Dios. I think we can all agree we’ve been on the receiving end of a miscommunication, been the miscommunicator, and been the victim of a miscommunication—or, as I like to call it, the "miscommunicatee." I know! Cute, right?
We, as Christ-followers, find ourselves in similar predicaments. We also cause the Father to become the victim of a miscommunication when we inaccurately convey His message. Our intentions could be as pure as white bread*LOL* but if we don’t have the main message clearly understood, we’ll always miss the mark and grieve the Father’s heart. He did put us in charge of loving the rest of the world, by the way. Yeah, me, too. I was like, “Um, not your best idea, God.” We have no other choice or role as disciples of Jesus than to be ambassadors of His Kingdom. Let me say that again, but with a different sauce: You were created to be a reflection of God to the world around you. Go ahead, take a coffee break. Get up. Stretch. Take a breather, then come back.
Okay, so, as I was saying, YOU were meant to be a kiss to the world from God. You are God’s love letter to the world. Jesus was the love letter of all love letters when He died on the cross for the entire world’s sins to save “whosoever” will believe in Him. God may not ask you to die a literal death on a cross to show the world He loves them—actually, I’m pretty positive that He won’t. Whew. BUT, the reason He decided to create a YOU was to love the world in a way that only you could. God made you unique for a purpose: to be a unique ambassador of His kingdom.
What does God’s kingdom look like? Well, I’m positive it’s rose gold. Just kidding… Kind of. I mean, God’s heart is nothing but love, love, love. The Bible says that He IS love (1 Cor 13). He never leads us with control. He always waits on us. He’s kind. He probably wouldn’t honk in traffic. I’m embellishing, but you get the point. Those of us who grew up in church know this backward and forward: God is perfect. His message is love and freedom. His mission is salvation for all. I decided to go back to the beginning of this paragraph and ask myself if the qualities I wrote about God are things others would say about me. In short, is that the letter I’m writing to the world by the way I live my life? Ummm… *fainting from conviction overload*
God wants us to live our lives the best possible way we can. I recently was delivered from the lie that God is not good. Where did that come from? No idea. But it was there, and it affected the way I wrote my letter to the world. In other words, it tainted the way I was an ambassador for Christ. Instead of responding in love to concerns my friends brought up to me, I would react in quick advice and sharp counsel, giving no regard for their feelings. Why would I react this way? I assumed God put me in charge of taking care of them. “Well, honey, sorry to break this to you, but ya got the message wrong. You are the miscommunicator in this scenario.” I am sharing a message with the world that God never gave me in the first place. He said, “I need you to love the world and point them to me.”
Does my judgmental response point someone to Christ or nudge them away from Him? In my experience, the latter happens more often than not when we are ambassadors with salty attitudes. God called us to be the salt, not salty. *cracks up at own joke* *pats back*
Suffice it to say, He’s made you a beautiful representation of Himself. Show THAT to the world. Quit putting on someone else’s clothes that don’t even fit you or show your style, and just SHINE for Him the way you are! Jesus said, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).
God is actually looking for people that will rock who God made them to be and relay His message accurately. I keep thinking back to that line, “YOU HAD ONE JOB!” But, really, God gave us one job. One message, “God loved, so He gave... Jesus loved, so He gave… The Holy Spirit loved, so He gave.” God does not have favorites. He loves each person, regardless of age, gender, race, personality.
He loves you.
God loved, so He gave His son.
Jesus loved, so He gave the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit loved, so He gave you freedom and power.*cue emotional piano playing in background* It would be an absolute shame if we didn’t even just TRY to walk in that freedom and power that the Holy Spirit was sweet enough to impart into us. We must learn to hear God’s voice, understand His Word, and feel His Spirit so that we can become better ambassadors of His kingdom and not be “miscommunicators” of His message to the world.
I would hate to get to Heaven, and have Him look at me and say “YOU HAD ONE JOB!”
But, really, guys. Take a deep breath, smile, and realize you have no other job than being God’s love letter to this world. Take a look at how Jesus navigated life, and try to emulate that in your own. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.