But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s victory parade. God uses us to spread his knowledge everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume. Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost. To those who are lost, we are the smell of death that brings death, but to those who are being saved, we are the smell of life that brings life. So who is able to do this work? We do not sell the word of God for a profit as many other people do. But in Christ we speak the truth before God, as messengers of God. 2 Corinthians 14-17
What intimidates you about being God’s messenger?
When have you avoided being God’s messenger?
How has someone been God’s messenger to you?
We assume the responsibilities of being God’s messenger are going to be more than what we can handle – or more than we want to handle. Sometimes we’re simply too lazy to do that which is required of us. God gives us what we need. He often gives us more than what we want to handle, but it’s not about us. It’s about the big picture of what God knows needs to be done to further his kingdom and fulfill his will. Our role isn’t to figure it out, know all the details, or carry the entire burden of God’s will. Our role is to listen and be obedient. We can easily overstep our boundaries and take on a responsibility that is not ours to take. In the process, we are not only disobedient but we impact others’ obedience as well. We take the role or responsibility intended for someone else. We can also understep our bounds, not taking care of the territory God has specifically given to us. The ball is in our court, but we’re sitting on the sidelines waiting for someone else to show up and play the game. We make being God’s messenger much more difficult than it needs to be. As we live out the life God is leading us to live, being God’s messenger is simply part of the journey.
Watch for God to provide an opportunity for you to reflect him today. It might be a simple smile, encouraging word, help with a burden, sacrificial service, or personal testimony. Let God guide.