2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
What is an ambassador? According to Webster’s Dictionary, “It is a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government, or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.” It is also an “authorized representative or messenger.”
The Bible says that we are ambassadors for Christ. We need to understand that we have a special purpose and plan while we are on this earth.
Here are three simple purposes for being an ambassador:
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
Our main purpose is to represent the Almighty God, the KING of kings and the LORD of lords! We need to acknowledge that we have been given the highest position, and because of that, our lifestyle should always represent the King. The way we live and carry ourselves speaks a lot about whom we are representing. Often, an ambassador will not engage in anything that will harm the reputation of his kingdom or his king! He is a person of dignity and it is clearly seen in his actions, clothes, and speech. He will not participate in any activity that may give his country a bad name. As Christians, that is exactly how our King wants us to live. We shouldn’t do, wear, say, or be a part of anything that will cause shame to His holy name!
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Our purpose is also to bring people back to Him! Sin has separated man from God. Man is hopeless in his sinful condition and can never be reconciled back to God! Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be reconciled to Him. Our message is a message of hope!
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; v.4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
As ambassadors for Christ, we need to be telling people everywhere we go that they can have forgiveness of sins, and that they can have eternal life through Jesus Christ! We have the good news to share to the whole world.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
An ambassador understands that he cannot acquire too much of the things that he will leave behind someday when he returns to his own country of citizenship. He will avoid getting too emotionally attached to things that he can never take with him after his ambassadorship is over. He will carry out his affairs with discretion, knowing that his loyalty and his citizenship is to another country. As ambassadors for Christ, we too need to constantly remind ourselves that this world is not our home—our citizenship is in Heaven!
May we all live our lives here on Earth as pilgrims and strangers knowing that our residency is in Heaven. May people be persuaded by our testimony that God wants them to be reconciled to Him and that He has prepared a far better country for them!
The decision of identity determines the direction and end of our conversation or lifestyle.
What if we had to have church in your house? What kind of sanctuary would your home make?