A GOOD REPRESENTATIVE
Read 2 Corinthians 5: 15-21
We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is
making his appeal through us; we entreat you
on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Years ago, six of my relatives and I accompanied another
relative to her in-laws’ home after her wedding. As is our
custom, our contingent
included people represent-
ing the parents of the bride.
Anesu, in his early twenties,
represented the father. He
took his role seriously and
represented the family well. He even refrained from showing
off his wild dance moves during the party after the wedding.
To my surprise, the in-laws treated Anesu with the respect
and honor usually reserved for older people in our culture.
After we fulfilled our responsibility, one elder commented
that Anesu was a good representative.
This made me wonder what makes a good representative.
From this experience, I learned that a representative has
authority from the one they represent, carries the interests
of the one they represent, and knows well the one they represent. These same qualities make us good ambassadors for
Christ. We derive our authority from Jesus Christ; we represent Christ’s interests and concerns as described in scripture,
and we know Christ through prayer and worship. I am a good
representative when I cease to live for myself and live for
Prayer: Dear God, help us to know you more fully so that we
can be true and faithful representatives of you wherever we
Maaraidzo E. Mutambara (Manicaland, Zimbabwe)
Prayer Focus: NEWLYWEDS
— 2 Corinthians 5: 20 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
How can I represent God