Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I'm a Brand Rep
What are you wearing? As I write this I sit in my pj's relaxing after a refreshing but hard run with my husband. It's nothing special, but the clothes do have logos on them and if you look close enough you can tell what store my tank is from and what store my shorts are from.
We often time, though we shouldn't, look to what people are wearing and what brands they are representing. After all, for companies, this is some of their best and *free* advertising.
Now some people concern themselves highly with the brands they wear, some for status, some for the sake of a cause, and some because they don't want to promote a company that acts contrary to their beliefs. I'm not here to argue that. In the end, it's not what is on our bodies, but in our hearts, so I will leave what you wear up to you and the Holy Spirit.
But what does matter most? There is a brand that all Christians wear, and often times we act in ways that are inconsistent with that brand's standards. We are wearing God's brand, hopefully on our sleeves, all over our face, on our hands, and on our heart.
Ephesians 1:13-14 says that we are marked with the Holy Spirit, God's brand on our hearts:
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory. NIV
When I worked at a certain retail store, there was a position called a brand rep whose main purpose was to show off the clothing-the brand. They had no real tasks like folding clothes or stocking the shelves like the rest of us average workers, just rep the brand.
Now while we have many tasks, our main job is to be a brand rep of the Holy Spirit, of God and to be Jesus to the world. So what does this look like?
When we wear God on our sleeves, we are open about sharing our faith and the gospel, sharing what God has given us
When we wear God on our faces, we greet all people regardless of race, religion, or creed with courtesy and respect, just as Jesus did
When we wear God on our hands, we are ready to serve and do so with a cheerful heart, because Jesus came to serve, not to be served
When we wear God on our hearts, we show others the love Christ has given us first
I don't know any clothing brands that treat their brand reps like that. So what do people see when they look at you, do they see logos and styles and your taste, or do they see that you are clothed in the Holy Spirit?