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Ambassadors for Christ

We are therefore ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20

Did you ever think of yourself as an ambassador? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are His ambassador. Paul reminds us of this in our passage for today.

Ambassadors represent a king or a nation and are chosen to communicate on behalf of that king or nation. Christians are representatives of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, appointed to communicate on His behalf.

Think about the role of ambassadors. First, they are chosen. Christ chose His believers to represent Him on this earth. Our aim should be to please Christ and to be faithful to the tasks He gives us.

Ambassadors must be citizens of the nation they represent. Believers are citizens of the Kingdom of God. We look forward to a home in Heaven. Paul reminds us of this in his letter to the Philippians: But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).

As God’s messengers we are driven by Christ’s love for the world He came to save. We are ambassadors with a message of reconciliation. God has made a way for sinful people to become His friends instead of His enemies. Our friends, families, neighbors need to know that God provides a pathway to peace, even in our rebellious world.

You may be saying, “I just can’t be God’s messenger. I don’t know what to say, and people may laugh at me.” We are not alone in this task. Jesus promises the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out this mission. We must be ready to go across the street and across the world.

Today’s challenge: BE GOD’S MESSENGER.

Georgia Andrus

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