Live and Act as Representatives of the Lord
In Colossians 3:17, 22–24, the apostle Paul addresses such matters, calling all believers to live and act as representatives of the Lord Jesus—and bondservants in particular to do their work not just to please people but ultimately to please our Lord Jesus:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him . . . Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
In so serving the Lord Christ, we reflect him to those around us, drawing others to him. We show his goodness often without words, by who we are and what we do. Those in the medical profession care for human beings who were created by God in his image. We show forth God’s image even as we care for his creation by caring for the bodies he made. And, of course, we show his goodness in the way we relate to everyone around us, especially in the words we speak.
This post is adapted from Joyfully Spreading the Word: Sharing the Good News of Jesus
edited by Kathleen Nielson and Gloria Furman. The article first appeared on Crossway.org
; used with permission.
Kathleen Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is an author and speaker who loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. After directing the Gospel Coalition’s women’s initiatives from 2010–2017, she now serves as senior adviser and book editor for TGC. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters.
Happy Khambule has been working in UAE for thirteen years as a cardiac perfusionist in one of the hospitals. She serves as a deaconess of women’s ministry at Redeemer Church of Dubai and enjoys encouraging women to dig deeper into the Word of God and develop a culture of discipleship among women. She is from South Africa and she and her husband have two sons and a granddaughter.
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