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Ambassador

I find the appointment of an ambassador very interesting. You get selected by a king, emperor, or president to go into a foreign land and express the message the leadership of your country wants that nation to understand. I am sure sometimes the message is very encouraging, wishing congratulations on winning an election or celebrating an anniversary. There could be words of compassion for a country that may be going through a crisis and you get to send the message that your nation is willing to help. Those would be good days in the life of an ambassador I would imagine. But then there are messages that have to be given when the foreign nation you are stationed at acts in a very hostile way. A stern warning must be given that the nation you represent will not tolerate this behavior. I think that would be very difficult to have to say before that foreign nation, but as an ambassador you have no choice but to give the message in its entirety.

II Corinthians 5:20, Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” I know you probably saw this text coming. Isn’t it cool though? That as a follower of Jesus Christ we are also ambassadors for Him. Now, with great power comes great responsibility. Not only is our position one of power, but it is also one of great responsibility because we speak for the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. We have to speak the whole message we are given, not just the good parts we think will make people happy or like us.

What is that message? We call it the gospel, the good news. It will make the hearers sad, angry, happy, and even indifferent at times. As an ambassador let me remind us that our responsibility is not how the hearer receives the message, but that we give the message and we give the whole message, the good, the bad and the ugly. The great thing is that our message is about one subject, hope. We get to give the message of reconciliation. The Creator of the universe, God, loves us and wants every single one of us to have eternal life with Him and He has made the way for that.

Therefore, go on and give the message. Those that hear it have the choice to accept it or not, but our responsibility is to represent Christ not only with His message, but to represent Him with our lives. Remember, we are not our own any longer, but we belong to the Great I Am.