Because we are ambassadors for Christ, we represent Him wherever we go. Whether or not people know we are Christians, we show them who Christ is through our actions and words. – Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther, Aminata Coote
Okay, let’s talk about something we may not like to think about. Have you ever seen Christians behaving badly?
I mean in a cringe-worthy way that gives a logical explanation for why some people do not follow Christ. After all, if the people who call themselves by His name can behave in such a manner, what reason is there for anyone to want to be like Him?
If we look at history, people claiming, or believing they were acting on behalf of God, have done some of the most heinous things. The Salem Witch trials, The Crusades, the persecution of Jesus’ disciples.
These things make our hearts hurt because the damage is far-reaching and hard to get over. The story they tell about the followers of Christ is that they are to be avoided. Feared.
Not what God intended.
When God created humanity, He did so out of an overflow of love. When Adam and Eve sinned, He made provision for their restoration.
God has been pursuing us ever since. He longs for us to show the world His great love for humanity. He wants us to be people who shine as lights in the darkness.
This second part is difficult to write and even more difficult to admit.
It’s easy for us to point fingers at people who are blatantly doing things in the name of God that have nothing to do with God. So easy, we sometimes can’t see how often we do the same thing.
So maybe we’re not doing things that end up on the news. Instead, we misrepresent Him in “little” ways.
Was your anger in that situation disproportionate to the “crime”?
Did you mean to say those words?
Does what you’re doing bring glory to God?
Are you walking in a manner worthy of your calling?
How about those thoughts? Are you feeding on things that produce good fruit or rotten ones?
We’re ambassadors for Christ. People will look at how we act and listen to the things we say and draw conclusions about who He is.
Many times, we won’t be aware that we’re under scrutiny.
Let’s walk to give glory to God. Be kind to others wherever you go. Choose peace. Pray for others. Live in harmony and with joy.
God has brought us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. Let us stand for Him and light the path so others can find themselves to God.
About the Book
Your daughter is a princess. What if you could help her unlock the secrets of being royal?
As a parent, you have great expectations for your child. You want her to learn to love herself and to treat herself and others with respect. But after centuries of sin, we don’t always know how to act as a princess should.
Let her learn from Esther, the queen who saved her people. Teach your daughter how to embrace her identity in Christ as a princess.
Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther is book is a great Bible study guide for girls as young as 12 years old and is ideal for them to use on their own or with their mom.
Readers will learn what it means to act in a way that shows the world that they are princesses because their Heavenly Father is the Ultimate King!