You’re the United States Ambassador to Any Country. The President has summoned you to the Oval Office. He doesn’t look too happy.
The President: It’s been brought to my attention that when you’re on foreign soil you’re hesitant to tell people who you are.
You: Yes, Mr. President, that’s a fair assessment.
The President: But why? You’re an ambassador of the United States of America. When you speak, you speak for me. Your job depends on people knowing this.
You: I understand that, sir, but there are a lot of people who don’t really like you or the United States. If they know I represent you they may draw unfair conclusions about me before they even get to know me.
The President: Yes, but that’s the nature of the job. The whole reason we have ambassadors is so you can work to overcome those preconceived judgments.
You: And I will do that, I promise. But first I want to make sure that anyone I talk to is friendly to our way of thinking.
The President: (Growing exasperated) But anybody can work with people who agree with us. We need our ambassadors to be able to work effectively with people who don’t see things the way we do.
You: I appreciate your concerns, sir. I really do. But I just don’t feel comfortable being so out front with my allegiance to this country. It could be dangerous for me.
The President: Fine. You’re fired.
It’s a ridiculous conversation that would never happen in a million years, right?
But now let’s change the context.
Imagine that the President is Jesus, you are a Christian, and the United States the Kingdom of God. Does this patently absurd dialogue suddenly become much more plausible? There are millions of Christians, called to be ambassadors of Christ, who are supposedly out there on the job, yet very reluctant to let their allegiance to Christ be known until they’re sure they’re in a safe place.
Are you one of them?
Never forget…when Jesus told us to let our lights shine, he meant in the darkness!
For further reflection read Matthew 4:18-20 and Acts 1:8.