Representing God

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Today's reading: 2 Kings 8:7-15

Elisha was well-known for boldly following and serving God and the many mighty works he did in God's name and through His strength. So when the king of Syria falls ill, he reaches out to "the man of God," for guidance and direction, rather than turning to the god of the Syrians. Elisha's demeanor and how Elisha interacts with Hazael and responds to Ben-hadad, got me thinking about ministry and the varying situations, demands and opportunities that come with it. Elisha is in a country that follows a foreign god, and when he is approached by the king through Hazael, he represents God fully and well. He willingly conversed with Hazael, he wasn't arrogant or condescending in his actions or words, he was straightforward and spoke openly and with truth.

There's a temptation as we read passages and accounts about people like Elisha, Elijah, Moses, or one of the disciples to think of their examples as being primarily for those who have chosen full-time ministry as an occupation. But the fact of the matter is that as a follower of Christ, we are all in full-time ministry, whether or not it generates our paycheck.

As a follower of Christ, do you consider yourself as being in full-time ministry? Think back over the past week, how did you represent God to others through your actions and words? What does you representing God well look like? Tami

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Being a pastor, it's safe to say I'm in full-time ministry. :-) Though, one word of caution: any minister worth his or her salt will tell you that we don't really choose the role, in the popular sense; God calls us to it.

Representating God well, at the foundation of it all, means that we have to allow Him to do the living in us and through us each day, the way Galatians 2:20 and its context describe. If we'll stay surrendered to Him, He'll empower and guide us for holy living.

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