By Ben Seewald
We live in uncertain times. Many Americans have little confidence about the future of our nation. Our country is drifting further and further away from God. Abortion has been legal since 1973. Our public schools have sought banish God from their campuses. Racism, greed, corruption, STD’s, murders, robberies, and terrorist attacks are growing more and more the norm. Many are wondering what will become of this nation in the next few decades.
In these tumultuous times it is crucial that we as Christians remember who we are in Christ, and what He has called us to. This is important because as redeemed sinners, saved by God’s grace, we have a real and living hope! The world desperately needs this hope. This hope is found in Christ alone. Christian, YOU have been commissioned to share this hope.
Much can be said about the different aspects of our purpose and calling in the world as Christians. However, in this post, let us focus in on what it means to be “ambassadors for Christ” outlined in 2 Corinthians 5:20.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
An ambassador is an official representative of his own government to a foreign country. While the ambassador has citizenship in his or her own country, they spend much of their time away from home, speaking for their leaders and representing the interests of their country. Philippians 3:20 says that our citizenship is in heaven. Yet here we are, living in this world for a time, on a mission for our King.
As ambassadors for God, He makes an appeal through us. The appeal is to the world, to be reconciled to God. We are commissioned by God to proclaim the good news of salvation to the world in which we live. This salvation is given freely to all who turn away from their sin, and trust Jesus to save them. It is a free gift of grace. It is not to be earned by righteous living. Jesus did all that was required. What a glorious appeal this is!
How does our calling as ambassadors effect our everyday lives? Here are just a few quick thoughts.
-Because we are ambassadors for Christ, we don’t despair if America is in decline. Our kingdom is everlasting. (Psalm 145:13).
-Because we are ambassadors for Christ, we should sympathize with those around us. We want them to know that we care about them because God cares about them, and is calling them to be reconciled to Him. (John 3:16)
-Because we are ambassadors for Christ, we should do our best to avoid unnecessary conflict and obey the laws of the land (so long as they don’t conflict with our King’s laws), because this is what our King has commanded us to do. (1 Peter 2:13-15).
-Because we are ambassadors for Christ, we should spend much time studying His Word, the Bible, and in prayer so that we may better know His will for us. (1 Timothy 3:16-17)
-Because we are ambassadors we should continuously be putting to death the remaining sin in our lives. It does not reflect Jesus who we are called to reflect, it hinders our message and hurts others, ourselves, and our Savior. (Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5).
-Because we are ambassadors for Christ, we should be unashamed of the gospel He has sent us to proclaim, because “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”. (Romans 1:16).
There is much more that can be said on this. Please study these passages of Scripture and prayerfully meditate on what it means to be “ambassadors for Christ” and how this should effect our everyday lives.
Christian, do not despair! Remember your hope. Rejoice in your hope. Share your hope! The world needs Jesus. Nations rise, and nations fall, but the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church, made up of all believers worldwide. The Kingdom of God is not threatened. King Jesus shall reign forever and ever. We are His ambassadors, so let us implore the lost to be reconciled to God.
Long live the King! Revelation 11:15