I have had the privilege of being a volunteer at our local police department for four years. It was mentioned when I was “hired” and has been mentioned every time we have a new volunteer, that when we put on the uniform, we represent the Police department. In our community, the police enjoy a strong relationship with the people who call our town home. We don’t want to do anything while we are in uniform that would cast the police department in a negative light. This is lived out by how we drive, talk, even stop in a local store or restaurant.
Recently, I was asked to pick up a patrol car that had had some work done at a nearby dealership. As I was driving home, I had the expectation that, driving a police car, other drivers would move out of my way. In my mind, i was thinking: This is going to be the easiest commute I have ever had. To my surprise, people driving in California don’t think anything about driving slowly in the fast lane with a patrol car right behind them.
Confession time: had I been out of uniform and in my personal vehicle, I would have dropped the gas pedal to the floor, passed on the right, and given a look to the slow driver blocking traffic. But because I was in uniform and driving a police vehicle, I did not. I was very aware that wearing this uniform and driving a police vehicle was a privilege, and I needed to represent the department that I care so much about in the best light possible.
And then I was convicted by the Holy Spirit! I am a follower of Jesus. I represent Him to everyone I meet. I have been made in His image. I might be the only Jesus that someone may ever meet. It is an honor to bear the name and to represent our Lord and Savior. So why do I not conduct myself all the time in the same careful manor that I do when I am in uniform? Why is there not the same conviction on my part to represent Jesus in the best light possible?
I know that I strive to follow Jesus and that living under His leadership affects my conduct, my conversations, my life. But I do not feel the same weight to represent Jesus as I do when I wear my volunteer police uniform. I am asking that the Holy Spirit lead me, remind me, convict me to represent well who Jesus is. I am called to love God with all that I am, and to love others the same way Jesus loves me. Some times I present well. Other times, I do not. Thank God for grace!
So the next time that you think that no one is watching, or you are tempted to act in a non Christ-like way, represent well!
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