“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ….”
– 2 Corinthians 5:20a (ESV)
As coaches, we often remind our athletes that they aren’t just playing for themselves. It is a regular practice for me to tell my players that the name on the front of the uniform is more important than the name on the back. What I hope to get across is the idea that as a team, we represent much more. Each time we step on the field or court, we are being watched. People notice how we play as individuals and as a team. Opinions about our coaches, our school or club and even our families are being formed as others observe our play. When time runs out and the contest is over, how we respond in victory or defeat says a great deal. We should strive to be good ambassadors for our team, school and community. Wouldn’t it be great to hear opponents say, “I like playing the Falcons. They’re tough, but they always play with class!”
As followers of Jesus Christ, we must remember we represent someone greater than ourselves too. Jesus was the ultimate team player. No one served others better. No one sacrificed more. What a model to follow. What a responsibility we have to do all we can to live up to the standard Jesus set. Every day people are watching us and how we go about our lives. Do we strive to be good ambassadors for Christ or does our faith look like a roller coaster as we go through the ups and downs of life? What do people hear when we speak and what do they see when they watch our actions? Wouldn’t it be great to have someone say, “There is something different about you. Can we get together soon so you can tell me more about this Jesus?”
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son Jesus. Help me realize that others are listening to and watching me today. Guide my actions as I strive to be a worthy ambassador for You. In Jesus name, Amen.