Minister’s Message – “Are You an Ambassador for Christ?”
II Corinthians 5:20 says, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” Are you an ambassador for Christ? If you call yourself a Christian, then you should be an ambassador for Christ.
What is an ambassador? Webster’s dictionary says that an ambassador is the highest-ranking diplomatic representative from one country to another; an authorized messenger, an official representative. As Christians, we are to be ambassadors for Christ. We carry an urgent and authorized message to earth from the Kingdom of Heaven. When the world sees us as Christians, they ought to see the One we represent and the country we come from and that of course is Jesus and Heaven.
It is no small matter for Christians to act Christ-like and represent Jesus in a positive, caring and loving manner. If we call ourselves Christians, then there is a question we must answer fairly. What kind of an ambassador for Christ am I? A good one or not a very good one? Are we telling the world that Jesus saves and acting according to God’s Word and not the ways of man?
Our priorities must line up with our Lord’s priorities. Christians are not better than anyone else; we’re just forgiven by God because we asked for forgiveness. We must grow in grace and tell the world of a better way to live now and eternally through Jesus our Lord. Ambassadors for Christ cannot afford to lose the urgency of our message. The stakes are very high. Christians seem to be o.k. with the first part of this verse as long as “we” get to set the standards for excellence according to our desires, thoughts and personal beliefs.
Part “B” is where we struggle. That part that says, “as though God were pleading through us, we implore you on God’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” When was the last time God used you personally to implore someone else to be reconciled to God? As Christian ambassadors, we are to have no agenda of our own. Only the agenda for the One who sent us. We speak His words on His behalf. Not our own.
We as Christians represent the Kingdom of God as good or bad as that may be. I’m very grateful to be an American, but my real home is not of this world and neither is yours if you are a Christian. The value of the Bible is not knowing it, but obeying it.
Remember Samson? He’s the guy that followed his own selfish ambitions. As a result, he got a haircut, got his eyes put out, lost his liberty and then died.
Christians that serve their own selfish ambitions soon lose their strength, lose their vision, soon lose their liberty and soon after that lose their effectiveness for the Kingdom of God, virtually lifeless.
Are you’re an ambassador for Christ that is alive, empowered, strong and free for the Kingdom of God?
Be sure you know who you are, who you represent and what you’re supposed to be doing as an ambassador for Jesus.