I’m a terrible Ambassador

I’m a terrible Ambassador

Let me set this up by saying that I feel like my life’s mission in Decatur Ga is to be a fitting an ambassador of Jesus Christ.  It’s a calling; an invitation if you will.  But after the first couple of weeks of living here,  I realized that I make a terrible ambassador.

It first occurred to me at the local F2O.  As we entered the restaurant, Regina and I could tell that the employees weren’t having the best of nights.  They seemed disorganized, frustrated and completely void of leadership.  We weren’t alone. There was a small chorus of people who were hammering the employees for answers about their poor dining experiences.

When it comes to customer service, I tend to be judgmental… actually “outright critical” would be a better of choice of words.  Non-the-less me and Regina were together so what’s the hurry.

My food took a long time to get from the kitchen to the table.  I saw it sitting on the counter for a few minutes.  Regina’s meal didn’t come out with mine so I asked about it.

The server’s reply was something along the lines of “I only deliver the food.” What I heard was, “It’s not my job!”

Using our table number as if it were a signal flag,  I began to wave it  like I was trying to flag a cab in Manhattan.  The entire restaurant could see my annoyance.  Yes – I was “that” customer and damn proud of it.

Oh – and did I mention that I was wearing
my Decatur City Church t-shirt?

Ambassador
an official envoy; especially :  a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. An authorized representative or messenger

Nothing I did that night would give any indication indicated
I was an, “An authorized representative or messenger” of Jesus Christ.

This revelation of mine started at that particular restaurant but it didn’t stop there.  I saw it in the way I speak to my wife, in the manner in which I relate to coworkers, the way I drive, and even in the way I eat. I find too that I want my opinion heard and that I easily become get entangled in things that do not promote my King’s agenda. (2 Tim 2:4)

As an ambassador I should have but one goal: and that is to serve the community in which I live.  My presence should be a light in the darkness.  I must find ways to come a long side of others in the community and help to make Decatur a better place to live.  It is essential that I use a cautious tone when speaking of government officials.

The list goes on

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself,
no longer counting people’s sins against them.
And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NLT)

God is making His appeal – THROUGH ME

Selah

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:17 (NLT)

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 (NLT)

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)

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