Christ represents us in heaven; we represent him on earth.
What an awesome thought – Christ represents us in heaven! The perfect, spotless, Lamb of God pleads his own blood and righteousness on our behalf at the Father’s right hand. He’s the perfect representative! He doesn’t forget a single need. He never takes a break. He knows exactly what it’s like for us. He knows just what to say and ask for on our behalf.
What’s amazing is that he chooses us to represent him on earth. For some unknown reason he hasn’t chosen many who are wise, reputable or strong, but he’s chosen weak, flawed, sinful people to represent him to a dying world. What an honor! What a privilege! What a joy! What a high calling!
And since he chose us, he will empower us and pour out his Spirit on us mightily, change our character, give us gifts, produce fruit, give us power and victory over sin – in other words, make us like himself – that we might represent him and his glory to the world.
What are we to show the world of Jesus? We are to display his holiness, righteousness and purity. His joy, gentleness, patience and long-suffering. We’re to demonstrate his faithfulness and heart to serve.
We represent him by word as well as deed, thanking and praising him, proclaiming his good news and appealing to people to turn to him.
So whatever you do today, whether you post on Facebook, go to lunch with co-workers, or take your kids to the playground, remember you represent Jesus! So pray for the power of the Spirit to do that in a way that pleases him.