As a businessperson, YOUR experiences will modify the message. The message is full of you, the messenger
The communicator’s personality and experiences modify the form of a message, says Donald K. Smith. In some sense the message of the gospel is powerful in itself and, as it were, stands alone. Yet God’s intention is the communication of the gospel from humans to humans. Smith’s proposition is fully in line with the church’s missionary calling, that “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
We have this message in earthly businesspeople, or shipping containers. The container is not the message, but it is absolutely necessary to the delivery of the product. The point of 2 Cor 4’s “earthen vessels” is to contrast the contents with the packaging & delivery.
Business isn’t very glorious, but BAM is delivering because we workers have appointed roles: We are BAMbassadors.
This needs little further explanation. What it needs is belief and action!
[Truth is BAMbassadors is quirky and corny at least – seems like it could mean something about fishing, a nasty way of speaking, or something worse. But I continue because it is “catchy,” and maybe somebody at an upcoming conference** will score me a BAMbassador t-shirt.]
Don’t confuse your BAMbassadorship with the following:
- ambassadors from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (bam.org/support/bambassadors)
- advocates for Bamboo Clothing (bambooclothing.co.uk/BAMbassadors.html) which also publishes BAMLife Magazine
- a recent survey where you can become a college ambassador for Major League Baseball (mlb.mlb.com/bambassadors/survey.jsp) The survey is still online, but oops you missed the due date.
- a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops: booksaremybag.com
- One more — Here’s the “bambassador” page from a business worth checking out—a bit off topic here, nevertheless worthy: (bambike.com/bambassadors) Bambike is a socio-ecological enterprise based in the Philippines that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices.
Business As Mission people = BAMbassadors
We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us (2 Cor 5).
We do this in the context of Business.
There you have it.
You are: BAMbassadors
BAMbassadors represent the King’s wisdom & good news
in the commonsense of an Other Culture.
*in Creating Understanding (Zondervan, 1992)