I hope you have been enjoying this Three Ps in a Pod series. It has been very fulfilling for me to write it! =-)
Olive Garden breadsticks. Can you smell them? As you know, (if you have read About me) I wait tables at the Olive Garden. Hopefully, you have eaten at an OG and enjoyed your experience. There is something about the breadsticks that I want to share. Insider information, if you will.
Breadsticks are served with every meal. You don’t even need to ask. They just appear. Here is the rule: the first time breadsticks are served, the number of sticks needs to equal the number of guests plus one. So, if you and your friend come in for lunch, I would bring 3 breadsticks to the table. If you ask for more, I only need to bring two.
That rule has always befuddled me. Why bring that extra breadstick? What is the reasoning behind it? People usually just fight over it anyway. Why the number of guests plus one? I don’t get it.
What is the purpose?
Have you guessed the last P in the series?
As always, let’s go back to 2 Corinthians 5. Here are verses 18-20,
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sin against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,…”
We are ambassadors. And therein lies our purpose.
Our purpose is the reconcile the world back to God. Does that seem overwhelming? Are you strong enough to handle such a great task? Can I complete this mission on my own? NO! That is why we are ambassadors.
- An ambassador for Christ is a citizen of heaven. Even though we live, eat, breath, work, and play on this earth, our homeland is in heaven.
- An ambassador for Christ speaks on Christ’s behalf. Everything we say and everything we do should reflect the one who sent us.
- An ambassador for Christ has authority because of Christ. You and I may be surrounded by enemies. We may be in the direct line of fire from the evil one. Attacks could be (and are presently) coming from all sides. But we speak with the authority of one who has nailed the powers of this world to the cross!
There you have it. Purpose. God did a great work in us so we could go out and do a great work for him.
It all started because He loved us.
So if you have been reconciled to God, consider yourself an ambassador for Christ.
And don’t worry, he has your back. You are are covered in the blood.
Go with confidence and let God do the rest.