We Are Christ's Ambassadors

I slowly pressed down on the gas pedal. Smokes like the kind you see from a movie poured out of my nostrils and ears. The car in front of me was only going 60-65 mph on a 70mph zone. I looked at the illuminated speedometer, I started accelerating more. Only a hairbreadth gap maybe between us, this car still would not merge into the slower lanes. Even worse, I have this car behind me now that was getting impatient. But no! the car in front of me just wouldn't get out of our ways!



Have you read that story about the "tortoise and the hare" race? It just doesn't make sense for a slow car and a fast car to be together in the same lane, in the same pathway, in the same road, in the same freeway....



"Okay, you wouldn't let me and the car behind me pass you up, then I will, " as more smokes came out of my nostrils. As I moved up ahead and had gotten so close to that car's bumper, I slowly merged into the third lane from the fourth lane. The car behind me turned on his spotlight and started flashing his strobe of red lights up on top of that car. My speed went back down similar to that tortoise's pace until my car completely stopped on the emergency side of the road.



How come our mouths don't close on its own if we are giving the lamest excuse?

Me: "Sorry officer. I needed to use the bathroom."

Officer: "Really? You had passed by 2 places where you could have gone. License and registration please?"

Me: Fumbling as I opened the glove compartment to look for the registration card, my backpack Bible stuck out from the upper compartment, gave him my license first.

Officer: How long have you been in this address?

Me: In the area, for 16 years, in my residence, for 6 years.

Officer: "Hmm..I live down the street from where you live."

Me: "waiting for the ticket to be written up now, stay "muted", turned red and heard my own"gulp."

Officer: "Tell you what, you may go but I just wanted to let you know that it was dangerous what you just did." "Be safe always."

Me: redder and stuttering, "I don't know what to tell you but thank you. I just want to be home now."

My husband moved and slightly woke up as he heard my tip toeing on the floor in the bedroom. I told him what happened but that I didn't get a ticket. Not sure if the reason was the officer was wondering if I was a Christian [seeing the Bible] or the nature of my husband and my work that I didn't get the ticket [No! Don't get me wrong! I don't mean for both to be my privilege at that time.]. I kissed him good night. "Daddy, I'm sorry."

As I laid down, I knew I needed to apologize to my Spiritual Daddy, too. He started speaking to my heart:

Me: "Daddy, thank You. Thank You that with my foolish actions, no one got hurt."

Dad: "Have you forgotten what I told you through your brother Paul, that your attitude should be like Mine?" [Philippians 2:5].

Me: "Yes, Daddy. I'm sorry. But that officer didn't give me a ticket. I'm not sure if it was because he saw the Bible and thought of me being Your child?"

Dad: "Yeah. I saw that. Doesn't mean anything that you are My child so he didn't give you a ticket. But I always remind you all, My children, not to keep on sinning after you came to know Me. Have you forgotten that when you became a Christian, you were baptized to become one with Me? For you died and were buried with Me in baptism." [Romans 6:1-4].

Me: "I'm sorry, Daddy. I love you. Good night."

Lord: "Good night, My child. Always remember to be slow to anger like Me [Psalm 103:8]. I had loved you first [1 John 4:19]. Just because My grace had set you free, doesn't mean you can go on sinning [Romans 6:15]. Since you are surrounded by a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, strip off every weight that slows you down, specially the sin that so easily hinders your progress. Run with endurance the race that I had set from start to finish [Hebrews 12:1,2]. Like what the officer told you, just BE SAFE! so you can get home okay."

Readers, this is a hard thing for me to post knowing that my actions last night didn't glorify the Lord. But I must for His glory. There are so many great Christian writers/speakers, but how true are you in putting the words that you write or the words you say into your actions? We are representing Christ so we must be safe, be slow to anger and really take it seriously that we must finish the race He marked for each of us, from start to finish. I'm not proud of my actions at all! Because I forgot that I am Christ's ambassador that people around are watching.

But I'm glad that our God is "faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong" when we confess our wrongs! [1John 1:9].


The moral story of "The Tortoise and The Hare" is SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!!! God bless to you all. Glory to God!

11 comments:

  1. This is a good reminder for all of us.

    I'm running a race, it's down to the last minute -
    Mercy and grace is what keep me in it!
    (A song by The Specks, Southern Gospel)

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  2. Shall I tease and call you "leadfoot????" Seriously, I'm so glad you are okay and that God's grace was sufficient. Good scriptures used and a reminder to all of us to keep plodding along!

    We're doing well here. Went to the mall yesterday and I found a b-day gift for my sister! First time for Susanna to ever be in a mall! Her Daddy was in port this morning and called her on Skype. That was a tearjerker for sure!

    Have a wonderful weekend, my dear sister, and behave yourself! Love you!

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  3. Rosel,

    I sometimes have that problem when I am late for something or a time, when something comes up last minute that imposes on what I have planned that moment. I ask God to forgive me and I wish that I had always been slow to anger.

    We also have to realize is that God places that slow car in our path, to keep us safe from an unseen danger that is ahead. That's why when I am delayed anymore, I see it as something good that God has in store. Perhaps He just saved me from being involved in a car accident. You never know.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  4. I can relate. I struggled with the slow to anger issue so much I got James 1:19 tattooed on my right arm. Great post! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I'll be thinking of you this weekend as you work the night shift. I, too, miss A-Belle. But I know that our prayers are powerful and helping her in the situation she is in. We've got her back!

    Love you,
    Mary

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  6. I just love coming here. You have a way with words and are always fill us with great scriptures. I'm with Mary, should I be calling you leadfoot too? Just kidding. I have a tendency to step on it too, so your story here taught me good lessons all the way around.

    I'm looking at Mary's comment above. Thank you sweet ones for thinking of me and praying. I may not be in the full swing of things yet, but I'm back. I missed everyone. Isn't it funny, even though none of us have met face-to-face, but we are such good friends because of Him.

    Love & Hugs,
    Alleluiabelle

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  7. Rosel,

    I meant to add in my comment above, I really like this color on your blog. It's one of my favorite colors. Lookin Good!

    Love you,
    Alleluiabelle

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  8. Powerful reminder, bless you dear.

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  9. Oh, my! This could certainly have been me:-) Thank you for sharing a moment of "less than exemplary" behavior to help us all stop and think about whether or not we glorify God with every thought and action.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  10. Oh boy! God's grace in action :)

    I think when we blog God holds us super accountable and expects a new level of transparency. The fact that you confessesed and then let God roll all those scriptures over you like a tide was a big step towards maturity in Him!

    I have been kept from sleep some nights because I may have written a slight inaccuracy in a story I am working on to post(just to make it flow right). I try to plead writers perogative but God will not let me away with that kind of thing.

    Your blog is a blessing

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  11. What a great story! I love hearing how God is always ever present; teaching us in all areas of our life. You are a blessing, my friend. Keep up the good work. May God richly bless you.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Bren

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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