“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
One of my favorite things to do is watch old movies. My top picks are Little Women, Gone with the Wind, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Roman Holiday. The leading lady and leading man always capture my attention and I’m quickly carried away by their story. In my eyes, they represent the heartbeat of the movie and determine whether I actually continue watching it or not. In a sense, they either make or break the film for me.
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn were dynamite in Roman Holiday. They epitomized everything that a leading lady and leading man should. Charisma, charm, mystery, humor, love, and chemistry. No one else could have pulled off those roles the way Peck and Hepburn did. They were the perfect compliment for one another and sent the film into extreme success. They were the ambassadors for the movie and they served the part well. I’ve always dreamed of being a leading lady. Not so much in a movie, but in real life. The flawless beauty that turns heads, ends up happy in the end, and always “gets her guy.” I would be a real ambassador for love and happiness. The guy would be tall, dark, and romantic—a Gregory Peck type.
Realistically, I know that someone isn’t going to sweep me off my feet and whisk me around Rome on a motorized scooter. Although, that sounds deliciously exciting! I understand that I’m not going to be the dream girl that wins Academy Awards. I’m never going to be a princess that is introduced with pomp and circumstance. It isn’t likely that a newspaper reporter is going to secretly write about my every move. It seems even less likely that I’m going to fall in love Hollywood style. Yes, Audrey and Gregory made it look very easy. They took on those roles and they made me believe that they were a princess and reporter. I saw their love ignite onscreen and it made me want to be just like them.
So, what role do I play? Will I ever be looked upon as a leading lady? I pondered this thought and came to an interesting conclusion. I happen to be one of God’s leading ladies. He has given me words to speak, blessed me with gifts of service, and strengthened me to carry out the roles of my life. All of my goodness comes from God.
“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it 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 forever and ever.” –I Peter 4:11
As His ambassador, I have to treat every single day as if it’s opening night. People are watching and analyzing what I do and say. Believers are the heartbeat of God’s mission and we can make or break the cause based on our performance. Being God’s leading lady carries much responsibility and my prize at the end isn’t a trophy awarded by the people. It isn’t seeing my name on the marquee. It isn’t even rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. No, the prize is far greater than anything I can hold in my hands or see with my eyes. Serving God brings a prize with eternal value and significance. It brings a prize that shines brighter than the lights of Hollywood. It is a prize that goes beyond myself and changes the lives of those I come in contact with.