Called By A New Name: #10 – Ambassadors
“Ambassador” sounds like such a fancy, “official” title. But in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, Paul says that, as Christians, we are Christ’s ambassadors. So, let’s dig a little deeper and discover what that really means.
We’ll start with the basics. What is an ambassador? An ambassador is a representative, someone who represents another person or country. What do they do? They generally go to another country and represent the leader or government of their country. So, as Christians, we are representatives of Heaven while living on earth. An ambassador carries great responsibility. Christ is our representative in Heaven while we are His representatives on earth.
Can we go even deeper? Let’s look at the mark of an ambassador for Christ, the message of an ambassador, and the motive of an ambassador.
First, we see the marks of an ambassador for Christ. There are certain qualifications an ambassador must have. We must be a citizen of heaven. This is true for Christians as we are in Christ, we are a new creation, and we are redeemed! We must also be above reproach. That doesn’t mean we have to perfect. It means we have to be a person of character which comes with being a new creation. We must also be selfless. We must put aside our own interests to do the President’s (GOD) will. As Paul said, “For me to live as Christ and to die is gain.” We must be in constant contact with the Leader. We need to pray continually in order to be in good standing with our Leader. We must be steadfast and loyal. We need to stand up for our God. As Paul says in Ephesians 6:19-20, we need to be bold for Christ. We need to also be diplomatic. Diplomacy has a bad rap in our culture. It doesn’t mean we need to roll over and play dead. We need to play “hardball” when negotiating. As Christians, we need to be wise when dealing with unbelievers. We can only have that true wisdom through Christ as James tells us in James 1:5. Finally, we need to know the language of the people we live among. As believers, we need to BE the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:33-35. He spoke the language of LOVE.
We also see the message of the ambassador for Christ. Remember, since an ambassador represents someone else, we need to deliver God’s message, not our own! So what is our message? Well, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, we are told our message is salvation, or reconciliation with God through Christ! Our JOB is to tell the good news of Jesus Christ and what He came to do…save the world!
Finally, we need to examine the motive of an ambassador. Our main motive needs to our love for Christ and to share His love with others as we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:14. We should also be motivated by the judgement seat of Christ as told in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10. We will have to give an accounting for how we represent Christ…or not. Lastly, we should be motivated by the dire need of lost people. There IS a literal Hell. 2 Corinthians 5:11 is evidence of this.
As ambassadors for Christ, we need to share salvation with as many people as we can. Are you being an ambassador for Christ, representing Him here on earth?
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