In my current job, I tend to travel quite often. Some would say it’s fun to travel; and to some extent it is.
Unfortunately, being away from family and home takes its toll on a person.
When I travel I represent my company; therefore, I must be on my P’s and Q’s at pretty much all times. (by the way, I didn’t know exactly what the P and Q stood for except to be polite and watch my manners. Come to find out, not even the internet knows the true history, but possibly P’s = Please’s and Q’s = Thank you’s.)
Knowing that I should watch my P’s and Q’s no matter what the letters stood for, I sometimes don’t “enjoy” my travels. I tend to be a little professional, trying my best to impress when in public.
So when I get home, and no longer have to be a visitor, I should be relaxed right?
Well, to some extent, yes. But it depends on what we mean by “relaxed.”
If one defines relaxed as lazy, then the Bible clearly states in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (as well as many other related verses) that “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”
If one defines relaxed as not anxious, then this plainly validates Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
So, at home I don’t need to be an ambassador, right?
Well, not exactly! In 2 Corinthians 5, we find Paul teaching the church at Corinth about what it means in our life to be saved – to have Christ in our lives:
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. (2 Cor 5:20a)
So, even when we aren’t traveling, or on business, we are still an ambassador! If we try to understand this, I think it’s simple. As Christians, we do not belong to this world. In 2 Cor 5:6, Paul states that “…as long as we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord.” I believe he is reminding us that while we live here, we are away from Jesus physically. Similarly in Romans 12, Paul reminds us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed, and to lead a life worthy of Christ’s calling.
Thus, we are all ambassadors – sent here to be God’s hands and feet until the day He calls us home.