Do you realize that when you were called by Jesus you have been called to be an ambassador of peace? Do you realize how important that is? As part of the process of becoming a new creation, we get to be the ambassadors of reconciliation!
We Are God’s Ambassadors
11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us,b]”>[b] so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.c]”>[c] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.d]”>[d] 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,“ so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
–from 2 Corinthians 5
How will you be prepared? What will you do mentally? How will you learn the best ways to accomplish this role? Will you meditate on God’s Word daily? Will you wait upon the Lord in those moments to hear the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and direction? Will you live with the fruit of the Spirit? Do you realize that God is making his appeal to others through us? It’s not just about inviting people to church but it is about living and loving on people right where they are at.
“What is an ambassador?” you may ask.
So we are to be a representative of Jesus! We are to be a promoter of Jesus! We sent by Jesus!
So let’s allow our words and our actions speak to the goodness of God and the grace and love and mercy and forgiveness that comes through Jesus!
We have been given the immense privilege of being called ambassadors of Christ! We have been given such a high position in order to make Jesus known in the world we are in.
Today’s devotional closed with the following which aligns to what I have put above when it says…
Through you God makes his appeal for others to receive his forgiveness, love and grace. Appeal to them to become friends of God and ambassadors themselves. As royal ambassadors, act with diplomacy and skill because you are representing Christ on earth.
So will you take up this calling and share Jesus with the world around you in the ways you act, the words you speak, and the heart with which you listen and serve the world around you? It’s not about puffing yourself up but about having a sincere heart!
So let’s not waste today!
1As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. 2For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
–from 2 Corinthians 5
Recognise What You Are
- Ambassadors to the whole world … Psalm 105:1-11
- Ambassadors with an urgent message … 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2
We are all ‘Christ’s ambassadors’ (5:20). Paul, as an ambassador of Christ, seeks to ‘persuade people’ (v.11) about the truth of the gospel.
This is a big responsibility. It is urgent. Take it seriously: ‘It’s no light thing to know that we will all one day stand in that place of judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God’ (v.11, MSG).
God makes his appeal through you. God could have made his appeal direct or through angels. Instead, he has chosen to do it through you and me. ‘God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing’ (v.19b, MSG). Paul writes, ‘We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God’ (v.20). ‘Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you’ (v.20, MSG).
Love is… the motive
‘For Christ’s love compels us’ (v.14). ‘His love has the first and last word in everything we do’ (v.14a, MSG). You are called to live a life of love. First, love for Jesus, who died for us so that we should no longer live for ourselves but for him (v.15). Second, love for others, because we are convinced that Jesus died for them: ‘One man died for everyone’ (v.14b, MSG).
Love is… the message
The message is: ‘God loves you.’ He welcomes you with open arms. Because Jesus died for you, you can be a friend of God. You can approach him boldly and confidently as often as you choose.
The message is all about reconciliation (vv.18–19). Reconciliation is about restored friendship in a relationship of love – with God and with one another. It’s a huge privilege and joy to see people reconciled to God and to one another – especially in marriages, families and other broken relationships.
It is made possible through Jesus’ death and resurrection: ‘God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God’ (v.21, MSG).
Paul writes that ‘God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ’ (v.19). Some people caricature the New Testament teaching and suggest that God is barbaric and unjust because he punished Jesus, an innocent party, instead of us. This is not what the New Testament says. Rather, Paul writes, ‘God was… in Christ.’ He was himself the substitute in the person of his Son. He made it possible for us to be restored in a relationship with him.
As a result, ‘If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!’ (v.17). As the New Living Translation puts it, ‘Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore for the old is gone. A new life has begun’ (v.17).
Love is… the means
Never pressurise people. Rather, try to persuade them (v.11) because you love them. Implore them on Christ’s behalf (v.20). You are Christ’s representative. Jesus always acted in love and as his ambassadors you represent this love.
Paul writes, ‘I hope you realise how much and deeply we care’ (v.11, MSG). As is often said, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’
- Ambassadors of holy love … Isaiah 1:1-2:22
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