Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 29, 2016

You’re an Ambassador for Christ!

The Older I Get the More Exciting My Ambassadorship Becomes!

The Apostle Paul makes an important point in 2 Corinthians 5:20 regarding a responsibility we, as Christians, have been given when he writes:

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

As Christians we are asked to wear several different hats and our ambassadorship is one of those hats. We might do well to think through this responsibility and see in how many different ways this should influence our behavior!

What is an Ambassador?

First we might want to define the generally accepted role of an ambassador, what is that persons responsibility toward the government represented?

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines an ambassador as follows?

 1:  an official envoy; especially :  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”

How does that definition fit a Christian? Well we have been made a diplomatic agent of the highest rank by adoption into God’s family; we function as children of the royal family and are representing our family to those to whom we’ve been sent. There is an unusual feature to our ambassadorship, we have a dual citizenship; we are citizens by physical birth of the country in which we were born and citizens of heaven because of our second, spiritual, birth.

We have been given a special but temporary assignment as representatives of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. While we may be living in the country of our physical birth we are also citizens of heaven, and have been given the job of representing our heavenly country’s interests to the country of our physical birth. How does the role of ambassador fit in with your self-image; do you have any difficulty accepting that idea? Like so many other spiritual realities it is a matter of faith; we know this is true, we are ambassadors because the Bible tells us it is true!

Deteriorating Conditions

We who live in the United States may observe a difference of opinion developing between the policies and principles of the country we represent as ambassadors and the policies and principles of the United States. Our Divine Leader is no longer welcomed in centers of governmental power and is now being told that any references to Him must be removed. I believe it would be fair to say there is a serious deterioration of relations in progress.

As ambassadors we have been warned that war is inevitable, our leaders have informed us as conditions continue to deteriorate our withdrawal as ambassadors is coming. It is easy to see how things are changing, the United States of today is vastly different from the United States I knew as a boy and a young man. It seems as if most of the institutions that have been a part of my life are changing at a fundamental level; even the church is different as it seems to be increasingly merging with the world.

In our role as ambassadors we should not take any of this personally, we are here representing the interests of our home country and not our own personal interests. There must be an objectivity as we watch developments matched with a faithful discharge of our duties. We must not forget our station in all of this and always be mindful our responsibility is to serve as ambassadors for our home government which in this case just happens to be God in heaven.

As ambassadors we have been informed the leadership of the United States is chosen by God; whoever is elected will be a servant to be used to accomplish the goals determined by God in eternity past. Serving as ambassador for an omnipotent creator God definitely has advantages!

Being spiritual ambassadors has both advantages and disadvantages; one of the disadvantages is we’ve never visited our home country; we have no idea where it is or what it looks like and must accept all that we can possibly know by faith. By faith we can know it exists and we have been appointed ambassadors; by faith we can know there is something wonderful waiting for us on our arrival when we are called home.

In the meantime we have a responsibility to faithfully discharge the duties we have been given as ambassadors; we have been given a commission to evangelize and teach and it is our duty to carry out those responsibilities as the Lord enables us.

I invite questions and comments and would like to hear from you. I rejoice in God’s word and the opportunity to discuss it.


Responses

  1. Going to Denver this summer on our church’s youth ministry mission trip was such a blessing. The group we learned from is Lead the Cause. Their mission is to equip teenagers to lead other teenagers to salvation and discipleship and then for that teenager to do the same, and so on. That week impressed upon me in a new urgency how God has put us here in order to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. As believers, that is our assignment. We are I dwelled by the Holy Spirit who wants to speak out the name of Jesus to everyone. Therefore if we are being lead by the spirit, we are compelled to share the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone.

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    • Karen,
      True, spreading the good news is the first part of our commission from God, the second part is teaching new Christians to obey all the commands of the Lord so they might grow in their faith and develop into obedient children!
      Dad

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  2. Thanks, David. I really am inspired by your writing. I believe it is Holy Spirit inspired. May this message forever linger. I started a position with a school district south of the Houston area after moving back here. It is a joy. Thinking of this message is important in all the facets of helping those in need in the work I do. Thank you for the message.

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    • Molly,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment; I’m very happy you found the message helpful. May the Lord bless you as you start your new position.
      David

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  3. Our Great Commission is to bring others to Christ. I believe that we must study His word so that it becomes a real part of us and we can then easily speak of Christ’s love for all of us. I also believe that our actions are even more important than our words, and that people are constantly judging Christians by the actions of any claiming to be Christians. Thank you for your writings which help us to bring to mind how to carry out our job after receiving His grace.

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    • Donna,
      Thank you for those thoughts. I’m convinced our work for the Lord will even increase in eternity; I think we’ll have significant responsibilities given to us and important work to do for the Lord. I’m looking forward to it!
      David

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  4. Solid points about our role as ambassadors. As Christians, who are trying to be faithful ambassadors, we must remember that “God is making his appeal through us.” Often times I can confuse passion for my “Christian” opinions versus where my true passion should be; God’s appeal: “Come back to God.”
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Josh,

      I get a lot of questions about God’s purpose for people and am using this series to help them understand a little of what God has planned for His children. I expect to follow this up with one or two more to try and cover some of the bases. I’ve also written a summary named “God’s Second Greatest Gift.” A substantial inventory of articles on the Christian life have been written since I first started this effort in July of 2011.

      Your brother in Christ,

      David

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