By: Scott Armstrong
Key Verse: “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 Cor. 5:20).
My family and I have lived outside our “country of origin” for more than 18 years, and that has entailed many trips to the embassy for passport renewal, documentation, etc. Have you ever truly thought about the purpose of an embassy or, more importantly for our text, the purpose of an ambassador?
An embassy is designed to provide a number of services for its citizens, even as it is located in another country. In a sense, any citizen of that country should feel “at home” in the embassy, even while on foreign soil. An ambassador is tasked with knowing her country and its political positions so well that she can represent that country when living in another nation and working with its dignitaries. It is a high honor and responsibility to be an ambassador.
The Apostle Paul says you are an ambassador of Christ. You are to know Jesus so well and be so close to Him that you can represent him wherever you go! Others do not know God, but He makes his appeal to them through you and me and all who call Him Lord. What an honor! What a privilege!
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for choosing me to be your ambassador. You have sent me, and I gladly go to be your representative amongst the lost and broken. Reconcile the world to yourself and use me to do it. Amen.