Are you an Ambassador for Christ in Your Neighborhood?
Guest post by Bailey T. Hurley
My husband and I spent the last two years building friendships with our neighbors. We are at the point in our relationship where we get each other’s mail when we are out of town and have coffee once a month together.
One late evening, my husband and I were brushing our teeth and turning off the lights when I got a phone call. My neighbor was crying in panic because her internet was down and she had a grad school project due at midnight. Her 8-year-old daughter needed a babysitter while she ran somewhere to find Wi-Fi. Well, my husband just happens to be a tech guru and offered to assess the situation for her. He came back fifteen minutes later and reported that her internet had been fixed.
The next day, our neighbor saw me outside her window walking the dog. She ran out her door and thanked my husband and me; not just for fixing the Wi-Fi, but for being available and willing to help. She called us angels and hurried off.
I think our neighbor saw God that day. Our simple friendship, our simple acts of kindness and love, are all ways we try to represent the gospel to her and her family. There was no sash that read “God’s #1 Ambassador” or cross outside our door. Instead, we chose the route of relationships to speak capital ‘L’ love to our neighbors.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another,
God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:11-12 ESV
Do you think your friendships are more than a fun way to spend time with people? Friends certainly make life more meaningful, but what if the way you love your people is directly tied to revealing God in this world?
I’ve been told many times that I am an ambassador of Christ, a representative of the faith. This title is lofty and often overwhelming. How can I truly be a symbol of the gospel every second of the day?
Yet, one thing I do know I am capable of is loving the community God has placed in my path.
John, the disciple who actually walked with Love Himself, says no one has ever seen God. He is only seen through the way we love one another. By loving people, God comes and abides in us and perfects His love in us. And John clearly states that all people will know we are from God by the way we love one another (John 13:34-35 ESV).
The task of being an ambassador of Christ just became a whole lot easier to swallow. We can love people. That’s tangible. That’s real. That’s how God is going to be glorified through us.
No one has ever seen God…
…but they see Him in you and the way you love your neighbors.
Bailey has a new book!
In Together Is a Beautiful Place: Finding, Keeping, and Loving Our Friends, Bailey T. Hurley gently but boldly names the fears that hinder healthy relationships, but she doesn’t leave us stuck in that lonely place—she puts tools in our hands to help us become committed girlfriends, freely giving and receiving the friendship we crave. Check it out wherever books are sold!