Representing God as a Christian
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15)
Billions of people interact with billions of other people every day, and let me start out by saying that 1.) the Name of God is taken in vain, irreverently, and blasphemed by Atheists, Anti-theists, and Agnostics at an alarming rate, and regularly; and 2.) the level that we as Christians are called to be representatives of God that is understood by Christians in modern days is drastically misunderstood and withheld. There is a calling for all Christians, written on the hearts of every man and woman — but despite the individual callings for all Christians, we are all called to be together, to unite in the Name and praise of the Lord. Every Atheist out there that is searching for the Word of God to be manifested to his experience, every Anti-theist who battles day and night against a God he knows to exist yet instead of dropping his sword attacks, every Agnostic who is on the fence about whether to take up a life of following God: we are their answers that they are looking for.
Perhaps you have had a first-hand experience with God touching your life, perhaps not. Perhaps it has been the deep religious moment you had hoped it was, or perhaps it was some little moment in time that God showed kindness on you. These events are witnessing of God’s Glory on Earth and are worthy of praise. Sometimes the only reason these moments happened was to be shared with a lost sheep who needed to hear the words of a shepherd.
There are multiple Biblical references where God calls on human beings to represent Him, even since the dawn of time. Moses and Aaron were reproved for their representation of God to the nation of Israel (Numbers 20:12), Isaiah prophesies of the sanctity of the Name of God (Isaiah 29:23), Jesus of Nazareth labels the disciples governors for his sake (Matthew 10:18), and Paul counsels on the linguistics and logic of providing a Christian response to non-Christians (Colossians 4:6). In modern times, this aspect of our relationship with God is required more than ever (in lieu of the invasion of Atheists, Anti-theists, and Agnostics, not just in society but in high ranking positions of power), and the spiritual warfare involved with learning Christian lessons and sharing them with others as testimony brings us closer to God.
Even the Apostles postulated the necessity of obeying God rather than man (Acts 5:29); the great gift of salvation is meant to be shared, not squandered among one’s possessions or saved in a vault of the heart. As Christians it is a responsibility to influence, provide light, even care for those that have not come under the Lordship of God. Translating this to modern times for relevant examples of good works that Christians can provide as praise to God: being kind and sharing a simple blessing from God to a stranger, reproving a friend or family member for observing improper Christian doctrine or teaching, or even providing an answer straight out of the Bible to a question that someone needs answered.
Obedience, poverty, and chastity are three virtues that every Christian is called to endeavor to pass along to those seeking virtues — instead of passing along greed or hate (sins) as representatives of the Lord, pass along these or alternative virtues instead.