A L O O K I N T O T H E A P O S T L E ' S H E A R T
The United States has over 200 ambassadors representing them in over 150 countries. The duties of an ambassador are to accurately represent their homeland through their actions, words, and values, and to build relationships with the foreign country they are sent to. They are a vital part of our nation’s international relations and truly hold an overlooked and undervalued role in our government and world-wide influence.
Now take all that we just learned about ambassadors and apply it to your own life. Why? Because we are ambassadors of Christ.
“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 made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
~II Corinthians 5:20-21
This world is not our home. We are merely sojourners here, simply passing through on our way to glory. However, while we are here, God has given us an important mission: to represent Him and spread His message among those living in this temporary world. Just as the US has ambassadors in various countries to represent and pursue the interests and values of our nation, so also God has planted us here to represent Him and further His work on this earth.
Did you truly let that sink in…we are God’s representatives to the world around us. This is a heavy responsibility! We are called to show others what God is like in word, action, character, and deeds. A person’s future relationship with God may very well be dependent upon how we represent Him. For through us, God is making His appeal to the world.
So how well are we representing our God? Are we good ambassadors for Christ? Do those around us see God in the way we act, talk, or work? Are we adequately sharing God’s appeals to the world around us?
God has done a marvelous work in reconciling the world to Himself through the cross. However, the world must accept what He’s done in order to be counted righteous before Him. But they cannot do so unless they have been told the good news. So that’s our job. As ambassadors for Christ, we are commissioned to share the amazing work of the cross with others and to urge them to be reconciled to God. This is our calling, our duty, and our responsibility as ambassadors of God.
How are we doing on our mission?
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”