Last Wednesday night in Bible class, I told you that I had been mistaken for a Wal-mart employee earlier in the day. I was in Wal-mart, wearing a navy polo shirt and khaki pants and, I guess, appeared to be at work.
We’ve all heard of cases of mistaken identity. Perhaps you’ve even approached someone, only to find out that it was not the someone that you thought it was. It can be embarrassing.
But despite the embarrassment, there can always be some good that comes from this sort of mistaken identity. You can meet someone new and, perhaps, walk away with a new friend.
There is another type of mistaken identity, though, that is far more serious. Think for a moment about how you behave through the course of a day: the words you say, the actions you do, the manner in which you conduct your business.
Just think about how you normally behave and then answer this question: would someone mistake you for a citizen of the world?
You see we are called to shine like stars in a crooked and depraved generation (Philippians 2:15). We are called to be aliens and strangers in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12).
We are not called to be on our “best” behavior on Sunday morning for one hour, then spend the rest of our time each week blending in to the world.
We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Ambassadors don’t just represent their home country when “on the job.” They represent their home country 24/7/365.
Ambassadors must faithfully represent the one who called them. If an ambassador is not found to be faithful, he or she will likely lose their position.
When people look at you, do they mistakenly identify you as just another citizen of the world? You talk like the world; you act like the world; you dress like the world; you walk like the world...you are at home in the world.
If people look at you and mistake you for a citizen of the world, maybe the case of “mistaken identity” is in who you claim to be on Sunday morning.