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Christ’s Ambassadors

by on July 24, 2013

We are therefore Christ’s 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

An ambassador is the official spokesperson of the nation he or she represents. They have been given authority to speak on behalf of the leadership of that country, so that when an ambassador says something, it is as if the nation itself has spoken. Can you imagine how heavy of a responsibility an ambassador might feel? Every time you walk out your doors, you are not just acting as yourself, but as the mouthpiece of the country. People who would never actually visit your home country will form opinions of what all your fellow countrymen are like based on the brief interactions you have with them. Even a simple trip to the grocery store could have massive implications for diplomatic relationships. You are always “on.”

Paul tells the Corinthians, “We are Christ’s ambassadors.” Not, we should be. We are. In other words, we are representing Christ to the world, whether we are intentional about it or not. People will formulate their opinion about who Christ is, and the things Christ cares about based on how we live and what we care about. Everyone has a theology – an understanding or belief about who God is, and most people are forming their theology through observing our lives.

What kind of opinion about Christ are people forming based on your words and actions?

Paul says that when people see us, they should know a God who is “reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” (v.19). As Christ’s ambassadors, this is the message we have been given to take to our world on His behalf. No matter who we are with this week, it is my prayer that we may fully proclaim this message to our world.

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