Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:20 in question form, ‘‘if we are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. If we implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.” Do people see God’s appeal through our attitude and actions? Do we speak for Christ so that those around us may come back to God? I am not talking about being a person who counts the souls they save, in fact I know that it is only through Jesus alone that a person can be saved. I am talking about a lesson God desires for His people to learn – the power of Influence.
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18, NIV)
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV)
“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” (1 Corinthians 8:9, NIV)
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NIV)
And, hear these important words, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45, NIV)
As Christ followers, what do we bring to others? Life or death? Good or evil? And what image of God are we showing to others? The glory of God or the false light that comes from the devil? Throughout history, how many times has religion setup man made rules which only serve to damage the relationship God has with His people? Or how many people claim to be believers of Christ, yet chose hatred over love and compromise the truth rather than speaking it? Can we tell others that Christ’s love is unfailing and how much He values life, and then support abortion? Can we show the forgiveness of the Father if we hold anger towards our brothers and sisters, or to those who do not understand what wrong they have done (Mathew 5:21-22, Luke 23:34)? Could we think of our own good, but not the others (1 Corinthians 10:24)?
“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” (James 3:10, NIV)
No one is perfect, and not even one is good and righteous except God Himself (Romans 3:10, Mark 10:18). People like to say that God does not use perfect people, but I say the Father’s greatest work was actually through One, His Son Jesus. There was no one else who was perfect for Him to use. I am not saying that we have to be perfect and never make any mistakes. I am asking that we draw a clear line just as James said, “Make a choice, either bring life or death.” Believing in Jesus is a choice, accepting Him is a choice, and following Him is also a choice. If we have made our choice, then we must not be double minded. We must act on what we believe, do what Christ did, and follow His path. His path is not the path which is broad and brings us and everyone who we influence to destruction.
My dear friends, what choice do you make? Do you chose to follow, to obey, and to be Christ's ambassador? Or will you chose to cross the line, pretend to be the light, and become a stumbling block?