May 4

Life With God Comes First: Ambassadors for Christ

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness and into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9)

We’re wrapping up this week of focusing first on our life with God. Because our life with God does, indeed, come first. But that’s only so we can be prepared for what comes next. Often, Christians are content to just sit back, resting in their salvation and thinking, “Someday I'll go to heaven and be with Jesus, and won't that be grand?" But what about the 40, 50, or 70 years in between? I've met plenty of people who are just fine doing nothing and waiting, but Christians are called to live those intervening years—as priests, practicing our vocation now in anticipation of serving in the world to come. 

We’re made in God’s image. But image-bearer isn’t just a description—it’s a vocation. We can only reflect this image of God to the world when we’re in relationship with him. It’s like a tilted mirror—one where people see God reflected in us and our actions. And the more time we spend with him, the better we’ll reflect him in these dark times.

Prayer: Father God, may my actions reflect you and give an accurate image of who you are.