“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
Early in my career as a dietitian, my biggest pet peeve was eating a meal with other people, and as sure as the sky is blue, someone would make a comment about what I was eating. Part of this dread was my own perceived weak knowledge of nutrition as a young dietitian. I worried that someone was going to ask me something I didn’t know, and I wouldn’t have the best answer. I also nervously anticipated comments as they were often a form of ridicule for what I was eating, such as, “you’re a nutritionist, I can’t believe you’re eating something like that!”
Other times, I’ve simply loathed people’s questions or comments about nutrition during my meals because I considered myself “off the clock” and not really in the mood to entertain inquiries related to my profession.
But you know what? Of course I should anticipate people making questions or comments about my food because they know that my work and my education revolve around food. They might even see me as the one friend who has the legitimate knowledge to clear up mixed messages on this topic that they’ve gotten from less reliable sources.
Now you’re probably wondering where I’m going with all of this, but it occurred to me that this can often be felt as a parallel to the sentiments we may have from time to time living as a Christian in this world.
Have you ever worried about someone asking you about your faith because you didn’t feel like you were knowledgeable enough or knew the Bible well enough to answer their challenging questions? Maybe you dreaded negative comments from unbelieving friends or strangers passing judgement on your faith. Or perhaps someone tried to start a spiritual conversation with you when you were tired and just “not in the mood.” Does this hit close to home at all? It certainly does for me! But fear not, my sweet sisters. It’s time for us to embrace the questions and comments as an opportunity to share…HIM. Just as a dietitian I can embrace the questions and comments as a way to educate, enrich, and empower someone in their own nutrition knowledge, as Christians we can embrace this time to share the life, love, and ultimate gift that Christ has given us through our own experiences.
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:11
“And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.” – Titus 1:3
Beloved, I’ve learned through my life and His goodness that our identity in Him doesn’t have a clock out time. Though you may not always think about it, your love and walk with Christ may be the only beacon of goodness in someone’s life. What might feel like an inconvenience to you during a tiring or ill-timed moment may in fact be the exact moment that God ordained a new person to hear the gospel through you as a willing vessel.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Lord, help me to see every question, every comment, and every conversation as an opportunity to praise You. Help us to see everyone we encounter through Your eyes. Lord, guide our conversations and provide us with the wisdom of Your words when we fear questions of the unknown. Lord, I pray that Your goodness show through me in every interaction that I have with others. We thank You always for your grace, mercy, and ultimate gift of salvation. Amen
Sheena Gregg is a Christian, wife, and passionate friend to as many as she can meet. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works daily to help her patients and loved ones establish a healthy relationship with food and recognize that God gave us these gifts for both nourishment and as a gift of celebration. with God bringing glory to every heartache, Sheena has battled and won against her own bondage of an eating disorder and continues to hold tight to His promises in her current chapter of life with infertility. She takes confidence in His words “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well” He so beautifully promises in Matthew 9:22. Craving God Ministries gives Sheena an opportunity to expose the miracles and freedom that can be found while beautifully broken in all circumstances. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17