“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.” – 2 Corinthians 6: 3 NLT
As an ambassador for Christ my conduct has to represent the one who has commissioned me. When people see me they should see the one I am meant to be mimicking. Like an ambassador in a foreign country, some people may not have heard about my country before meeting me. I must form a lasting impression so that should my country’s name come up in conversation they should have nothing but fond memories of me. To them, I am a reminder of my country the same way that when people encounter me and find out about Christianity, their impression of it will be formed by how I conducted myself as a representative.
What scares me about this whole thing is that I have the potential to prevent someone from accepting this faith. If I’m a hypocrite then I paint a bad picture of how a Christian ought to behave. If I say I’m a Christian yet I’m doing things that are against the Word and I still indulge in things that I’m not supposed to be doing with the same people I’m meant to be winning to the faith then I’m not representing Christ. By partaking in these wrong things I may discourage someone who’s still trying to find their footing, my conduct may tip them over to their sinful ways.
“In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God” (2 Corinthians 6:4a). In everything that I do, I must show that I’m God’s ambassador. My conduct to some is a reflection of this faith. If I’m a hypocrite then to some this religion is full of hypocrites. If I’m gentle, kind and considerate then I’m a good representative of the faith. Everyone knows how Christians ought to conduct themselves, they are just watching and waiting to see if it can be done. My success in the faith gives them no excuse not to try it. My failure would mean exactly what they have been suspecting all along, it can’t be done. They are always watching so we can’t afford to be passive.
If I say I’m a Christian yet I’m doing things that are against the Word and I still indulge in things that I’m not supposed to be doing with the same people I’m meant to be winning to the faith then I’m not representing Christ