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December 5, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power.”—Psalm 145:11 (ESV)
Have you ever asked someone to put in a good word for you? I know I have! Whether it was in high school when asking a friend to talk me up to the girl I had a crush on, or as an adult trying to get a job with the Tampa Bay Rays, over the years, I’ve asked friends to be my advocate. I wanted them to represent me in a positive light to a person or company I was trying to win over.
Now, would I ask a complete stranger to put in a good word for me? No, of course not. They wouldn’t know what to say! Instead, whenever we ask someone to do this favor for us, it’s usually someone who knows us well enough to tell others about our outstanding qualities and how great we are. We rely on people who care for us because we believe they will be able to help someone else understand us as they do.
Throughout the Bible, we see that God has entrusted us, His sons and daughters, to speak of the glory of His kingdom and tell of His power (Psalm 145:11). Our Father has commissioned us to be His representatives—or ambassadors—to people He wants to adopt into His family—people He wants to save and redeem.
He doesn’t need us to show the world how wonderful, amazing, and loving He is. He doesn’t need us to put in a good word for Him. The evidence is all around us! But He invites us to be part of His redemptive work. He gives us purpose as we help save lives and change the world.
As His children, we don’t have to do much to “sell” Christ. We don’t need elaborate sales pitches or lofty five-point sermons in our back pocket. Jesus tells us clearly that when we let our light—the light God shone into our “hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)—shine before others, that people will see our “good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).
You see, the best testimonies are simple. They are first seen clearly through the way we live and the way we love, and then they are articulated just like we see in today’s verse, as we speak of the glory of God, the amazing grace He’s showered us with through Christ, and the life-change we’ve experienced by being His children.
DIG: Read Psalm 145.
DISCOVER: Why do you believe God calls on us to be His advocates in the world? Why not use angels? What benefit is there in using us and our testimonies to reach others?
DISPLAY: When was the last time you told someone how amazing God is? When was the last time you shared with someone all the wonderful things our Lord has done in your life? This week, take time to be Christ’s ambassador to someone who doesn’t know Him
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.