Represent Means to Imitate
To represent another person’s character means we are supplying their place by sharing their words and actions. We are imitators of Christ.
“Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another – practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.” ~Ephesians 5:1-2 AMP
“Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through Him.” ~Colossians 3:17 WEB
Represent Means to be an Ambassador
Jesus Christ says we are His ambassadors here on the earth.
“We are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” ~2 Corinthians 5:20 AMPC
“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let you light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16 AMP
To be an ambassador is to be a messenger on behalf of a high-ranking power or sovereign.
Represent Means to be Chosen
When we represent Christ, it means we have been chosen as a representative. As a representative, we walk in the authority of the one we represent. And as a representative, we carry out the instructions of the authority we are representing.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” ~1 Peter 2:9-10 NASB
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” ~1 Timothy 4:12 NASB
Represent Means Supply
A representative receives the supplies and well wishes of the one in authority. Christ intercedes for us.
“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather Who was raised, Who is at the right hand of God, Who also intercedes for us.” ~Romans 8:34 NASB
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~Philippians 4:6 NASB
“And when they bring you before…the authorities, do not be anxious [beforehand] how you shall reply in defense or what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] out to say.” ~Luke 12:11-12 AMPC
To represent Christ means we have been chosen to imitate Him and to act as His ambassador. He has supplied us with what we need, but if we lack anything, we are to ask Him in prayer, and He will answer us.
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is represent.