Who Are You Representing?
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ…” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Do you remember the story of King Nebuchadnezzar told in the book of Daniel? The king had an unsettling dream, but apparently couldn’t remember it. So he asked his advisors — wise and knowledgeable men — to tell him what he had dreamed, as well as what it meant.
By the way, this seems like a pretty unfair request, don’t you think? After all, if the king couldn’t remember the dream, how were those guys supposed to know what it was? Regardless, that’s what the king did. And if they couldn’t tell him, they would all be put to death. No pressure, right?
Of course, none of them knew the answer, so the king ordered their executions. They couldn’t fulfill his wishes, so they were finished. Then Daniel stepped in. He and his friends prayed, and God showed Daniel both the dream and the interpretation.
So Daniel approached the king and said he had the answer. He told the king, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries… But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king…” (Daniel 2:27-28, 30).
That’s a very different attitude than we might expect in this situation. It seems to me that Daniel could have said, “I’ve got the answer. Yep, it’s me. None of those other guys knew, but I know. I’m the man.” That would have been pretty easy to do. Maybe even, in one sense, appropriate. He was, after all, the only one with the answer, right?
I’ve seen people in church worship ministries with such an attitude. They think they should be treated as special because of their talent. They’re good, and they know it. But Daniel didn’t act like that. He completely and totally deflected the attention away from himself to God.
Daniel clearly saw himself as an ambassador — a representative — of the most high God. He wasn’t acting on his own. He was representing the Lord. He was an ambassador.
What would happen if we demonstrated that kind of attitude in the worship ministry? What if, instead of coveting and reveling in the recognition we so often receive, we deflected that recognition to God? What if, rather than wanting people to see how talented or gifted we are, we truly wanted them to see what a great and mighty and wonderful God we serve? Would such an attitude change how we minister on Sunday morning? Might it even alter how we act in everyday life?
The old hymn, “Take My Life,” says, “Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee; take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.” What would happen if that was our daily prayer?
We are not just musicians doing a gig. We’re ambassadors, representatives of the living God. By His mercy, let’s act like Daniel and admit that what we have is merely a gift from God.
O great and merciful God, forgive me for so often representing me and not You. Cause my heart to want to reflect You in all that I do, whether at church or wherever I am. Cause my life, indeed, to be consecrated to You, that I might truly be Your ambassador. I ask it in the Name of Jesus, my Redeemer. Amen.
1. How can we use and appreciate the gifts and talents God has given us without becoming prideful and arrogant?
2. What are some safeguards we can put into place that will help us see ourselves as ambassadors, instead of performers?