We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God
~2 Corinthians 5:20, 21
What a responsibility we have as Christians, to be Christ’s ambassador?
Wow…I had to ask myself; Is this something I consider when waking up in the morning, when doing a daily devotional or how about when I’m walking through my day performing errands and mundane tasks?
I don’t know about you but I can say without a doubt that until today, when reading this verse, I had never considered myself an ambassador.
Now wait, I know I am called to reflect Christ in my words, actions and lifestyle, to love my neighbor, be gentle and self controlled. But the word ambassador goes further than reflecting. As with a diplomatic ambassador I am an authorized representative or messenger not for a country, but for God’s kingdom and I am authorized by God not man.
Paul prayed for us earnestly on Christ’s behalf to be reconciled to God. Think about this, Paul is crying out to us, beseeching because of what Christ did for us; to be reconciled to God.
I examined myself to see if I was reconciled to God.
Had I restored my relationship with God?
Am I consistent in my walk?
Do I submit? (this was a tough one)
Does my faith line up with scripture?
Shouldn’t these be the characteristics of Gods ambassadors? I believe that these are the least I can do.
The way I see it, our reconciliation to God is only possible through his provision to us in Christ; therefore God is using me and you make His appeal to the world…what an honor. I am humbled that God trusts me to be a messenger…I represent Christ and so do you.
Father, thank you for the humbling opportunity to represent you, your message and above all Jesus Christ. I pray that I honor you in this ambassadorship while in this earthly body. Father I ask for your guidance and wisdom with this responsibility; use me as your instrument.
2 responses to “2Samuel 12; 2Corinthians 5; Ezekiel 19; Psalm 64 & 65”
After reading your list, it occurred to me that if I had to be evaluated on my performance as an ambassador thus far, I would probably be fired. Wow. Rude awakening.
I am watching a broadcast on joycemeyer (dot) org (check out the one for 9/19/10) and I found a lot of encouragement in it (so far up to 10 mins into it) and it made me think of this post. Check it out if you get some time to yourself. I have really enjoyed listening to her broadcasts.