You’re an Ambassador? … Really!

An “ambassador”… can you picture yourself as being one?

I can imagine what one might look like… distinguished carriage, well behaved, involved in activities that reflect well on the nation they represent.  Their behavior would represent, in the best possible light, the values and concerns of their king, president or sovereign

Here’s a definition of what an “ambassador” is…

“An accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.” (The Oxford Dictionary)

Or… “An official representative of a king or government…As the imprisoned representative of Christ at Rome Apostle Paul calls himself an ‘ambassador in chains’ (Ephesians 6:20) and in 2 Corinthians 5:20 he includes, with himself, all Christians as ‘ambassadors for Christ’ commissioned by Him as their sovereign Lord for the ministry of reconciling the world to God.  The Bible contains no finer characterization of the exalted and spiritual nature of a Christian’s vocation than this…”ambassador for the King of kings and Savior of the world! (D. M. Pratt in ISBE Vol. 1)

In my Bible reading this morning I read this description of EVERY BELIEVER as an “ambassador for Christ” and their primary responsibility…

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, WHO THROUGH CHRIST RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF AND GAVE US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, AND ENTRUSTING TO US THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION.  THEREFORE, WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, GOD MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US. WE IMPLORE YOU ON BEHALF OF CHRIST, BE RECONCILED TO GOD!  For our sake He [God the Father] made Him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  (From 2 Corinthians 5:17–21 ESV)

So I want to do my job well!  As an official representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, I want to carry myself with dignity and behavior that befits my high calling.  Nothing but a righteous lifestyle, speech that is honorable and Christ-honoring, and activities that express the values of the Kingdom of God and God’s love for the world will do!  I want my everyday activities as His ambassador to be all about “the ministry of reconciliation (the reconciliation of people everywhere to God through faith in Jesus Christ)! … So if you ask me what I’m engaged in – what work I do – my central mission in life… I’m going to say I am “AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST!” 

O Lord, help me to fulfill my calling and mission in life well!!!

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